The writer Santiago Macias, author of the best seller "Las Fosas de Franco", dedicates an entire chapter to Death in El Valle in his book "El monte o la muerte"! download the chapter (Spanish)

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Today, the truth about Franco’s war crimes is finally coming out and mass graves are being discovered across the entire country. THANKS to the Internet, YOU CAN FINALLY SEE Death in El Valle

" A brash young New Yorker armed with a video camera and determined to find out what had appened in a part of Spain's hidden past ruffled many feathers." 

“…Secrets are held by one generation from the next and neighbors deny memory of the past before cheerfully accusing other towns-people of murder and betrayal.” 


Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. Robert F. Kennedy

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In 1948, C.M. Hardt’s grandfather was murdered while in the custody of the Spanish Civil Guard. Over fifty years later, she goes  back to Spain to find out the truth about why he was killed.
She learns of the secret war that led him to his death. She unearths the hatred and fear of a village trying to forget its past and confronts her own family with a story even they don’t want her to discover. She captures it all – and faces her grandfather’s killer – in Death in El Valle.

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It’s been over 70 years since my grandfather was murdered, BUT I haven’t given up. It’s outrageous that my film still hasn’t aired in Spain, but I made a vow to my grandmother that “someday the whole world would know what had really happened” and I intend to keep that vow.




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