The tiny village of Dos Erres was home to nearly 250 people. Only three of them survived a massacre carried out by the Guatemalan Army at dawn on 7th December 1982, in the midst of a three-decade-long civil war that was tearing the country apart.
Óscar Ramírez never knew that he was living proof of the massacre, nor that his real name was Alfredo Castañeda, nor that he was kidnapped at age 3 and raised by the soldier who murdered his family. In 2011, at age 29 and living as an illegal immigrant in the United States, Óscar received a long, life-changing letter that began, You don't know me... After a 15-year investigation, Sara Romero, the Assistant Prosecutor of Guatemala City, had found the child who survived the massacre – a milestone in the history of justice in Guatemala.
At this screening of the documentary Finding Oscar, we will be joined by Guatemala native Manuel Lisandro Castillo, an academic at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and ESADE, where he collaborates with the University Development Service (SUD). For more than a decade, the SUD has been sending law students from ESADE to Guatemala, where they support various legal institutions working for human and children’s rights. Through the Together programme, alumni can also participate in international consulting projects in various developing countries.