“El Robo” is a documentary-testimonial film about the complex process through which a girl who was appropriated during the last military coup occurred in 1976 in Argentina, and who at age 9 restores her real identity.
María Victoria Moyano Artígas was kidnapped and illegally appropriated in 1978 from the “Banfield Pit” by Buenos Aires police officer Oscar Penna, and restored to her biological family in 1988. She tells her own story and reveals her life experiences.
The documentary seeks to express the perception of a girl who has to piece her life story together all over again at the age of 9. Many questions arise during these talks and explanations, but there has been one underlying question in particular for a long time, and it cannot be supressed: “Who killed my parents?” triggers the main character’s investigation. This search leads us on a journey through Buenos Aires and Montevideo in a mission charged with nostalgia and hope. To discover the truth.
The documentary explores the memories of the grandmothers and their now grown-up grandchildren, using this case study to attempt to recreate memories that are a part of the recent democratic Argentina. Amidst the judicial process and testimonies, the pieces of the puzzle begin to come together.