Unit 1

Teacher Instructions

Focus: current events, history-overview of the Dirty War, human   rights, photography

Student Activities

Lesson I Photograph Study– Ausenc’as by Gustavo Germano*

Lesson II Introduction to Human Rights 

Lesson III Meet Víctor Basterra – Photographer… Survivor*

 Lesson IV The Road to Repression A, B – Readings on the background to the Dirty War

Lesson IV The Road to Repression C

Extra Resources

Lesson 1 – Photograph Study: Ausenc’as by Gustavo Germano*



BBC In Pictures: Absent Faces – with or without captions. 

Prison Photography

http://prisonphotography.org/tag/dirty-war/ lists of photographers and links

Lesson II – Introduction to Human Rights

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bC9mqsGeJQ&feature=youtu.be Video on human rights set to León Gieco’s La Memoria 

Lesson III – Meet Víctor Basterra

Photographer… Survivor*
Rogers, Marc. ESMA- Argentina’s Human Rights Museum.

Lesson IV – The Road to Repression   

Imagining Argentina– Antonio Banderas, Emma Thompson, Rubén Blades

“It was not unusual for Argentine citizens to disappear for committing such “subversive” acts as teaching modern math or setting up cooperative farms for poor peasants. As more and more people vanished, a feeling of great fear swept over the country, and most Argentines felt powerless to stop the horrors that they suspected (or knew) their government was responsible for.”


Chasteen_Born in Blood and Fire, Chapter 9 Reaction

Imagining Argentina – Literature and Its Times https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_YEKdzjSDA Operation Condor: A Latin American alliance that led to disappearances and death overview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fc0aeCTtdiA
Maná sings Desapariciones https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGl-fQxMY9E Song from Buscando América with slide show dedicated to the events that occurred during military dictatorships (6:30) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVDM0nvw-E0
Los Fabulosos Cadillacs – Desapariciones (En vivo Teatro Monumental 1995)

A favorite quote, from Eleanor Roosevelt who was speaking in 1958 on the 10th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home, so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Such are the places where everyman, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere.” – Glenn Mitoma, University of Connecticut

El Secuestro – Fernando Botero
Guernica – Pablo Picasso