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Olvidados (2014)

Not Rated | | Drama | 18 September 2015 (USA)
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After suffering a heart attack, retired General José Mendieta is haunted by his past as an officer in Operation Condor, the CIA-backed campaign of political repression in Latin America.


Carlos Bolado





Cast overview, first billed only:
Damián Alcázar ... José Mendieta
Rafael Ferro ... Sanera
Carla Ortiz ... Lucía
Tomás Fonzi ... Antonio
Ana Celentano ... Andrea
Eduardo Paxeco ... Jorge
Carloto Cotta ... Marco
Guillermo Pfening ... Negro
Shlomit Baytelman Shlomit Baytelman ... Gloria
Manuela Martelli Manuela Martelli ... Ximena
Cristian Mercado ... Hugo
Bernardo Peña ... Pablo
Claudia Lizaldi Claudia Lizaldi ... María
Jorge Ortiz Sánchez Jorge Ortiz Sánchez ... Justiniano
Lorenzo Quinteros ... Old Lluveras


After suffering a heart attack, retired General José Mendieta (Damián Alcázar) is haunted by his dark past as an officer in Operation Condor, the CIA-backed campaign of political repression in Latin America that was responsible for executions, torture, and imprisonments in the 1970's. It is estimated that over 400,000 people were imprisoned and 30,000 forcibly disappeared as a result of these government actions. In a letter to his son Pablo (Bernardo Peña), Mendieta confesses the role he played in the abduction, persecution, and execution of countless men and women during his posting to Chile. Journalist Marco (Carlotto Cotta) and his pregnant wife Luciá (Carla Ortiz) are among those who were arrested, along with their activist friend Antonio (Tomás Fonzi) and revolutionary Andrea (Ana Calentano). They suffer terribly under Mendieta and his cohort Sanera (Rafael Ferro), which leads to a cascade of betrayals, secrets, and stolen lives that spans generations. Olvidados (Forgotten), ... Written by Cinema Libre Studio

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Not Rated






Release Date:

18 September 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Forgotten See more »

Filming Locations:

Bolivia See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,791, 20 September 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$24,441, 29 November 2015
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Flor de Loto Pictures See more »
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Did You Know?


Official submission of Bolivia to the best foreign language film category of the 87th Academy Awards 2015. See more »


When the poster boy is running away from the soldiers who caught him, he yells, "Viva Tupac!" Again, when Colonel Mendieta is torturing a suspected revolutionary with electric shock, in between shocks, he asks the revolutionary to give up information. The man shouts, "Viva El Tupac!" These are references to Tupac Amaru, a Marxist revolutionary group that terrorized Peru for more than fifteen years. Unfortunately the group was organized in 1982, after Operacion Condor was completed. See more »

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an important historical portrait of military repression in the 20th century
19 September 2015 | by pablo-freudenthalSee all my reviews

Olvidados is worth seeing if you wish to reflect and educate yourself about the state of repression in the context of 20th century dictatorships in Latin America. I believe that most importantly, the film achieves to portray this problem as a regional problem, reflecting how our nations share an important historical burden.

the display of violent images and military abuse make the viewer reflect on the state of democracy and freedom of press, which are issues far from being resolved in the region today.

The beautiful imagery in several locations (La Paz and Santiago among others) and the showcase of personal relations shown in the film aid to an identification with the figures.

Admittedly, the plot is somewhat simple and the acting is not amazing. But then again, that does not seem to be the main focus of the film.

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