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Many countries in South America are still having to come to terms with a history littered with failed coups and bloody dictatorships. Argentina is one such country. In 1976, a military junta took over the country and over the next eight years carried out a systemic campaign of reprisals. Many people were caught up in the spiral of disappearance, torture, rape and execution that saw an estimate 30,000 people killed before the junta was overthrown in 1982. One of the survivors of this torture was Gerardo Rodiguez Bruzzesi, playwright and academic and now documentary maker, who recently returned to Argentina to confront his past, after living in exile in Australia for 25 years. The Wire spoke with him after the debut of his documentary Walled Up, which was screen at the NSW parliament house.

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