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Films, documentaries, literary texts and popular music pieces about missing people


Enforced disappearance is one of the most striking forms of state violence and terror in the world, and therefore its application is not limited to Turkey. Below is a compilation of films, documentaries, popular songs and literary works about disappeared persons from around the world, with a view to enhance a more universal understanding of this state-crime.



  • Missing (1982) – Director: Costa-Gavras, USA
  • Night of the Pencils / La noche de los lápices (1986) – Director: Héctor Olivera, Argentina.
  • The Official Story / La Historia Oficial (1985) – Director: Luis Puenzo, Argentina.
  • A Wall of Silence/ Un Muro de Silencio (1993) – Director: Lita Stantic, Argentina.
  • La muerte y la doncella / Death and the Maiden (1994) Director: Roman Polanski, USA, Britain, France.
  • The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca (1997) – Director: Marcos Zurinaga, Spain, USA.
  • Imagining Argentina (2003) – Director: Christopher Hampton, Spain, Britain, USA.
  • The Year My Parents Went on Vacation / O Ano em Que Meus Pais
  • Saíram de Férias (2006) – Director: Cao Hamburger, Brasil.
  • Rendition (2007) – Director: Gavin Hood, USA.
  • Dukot (2009) – Director: Joel Lamangan, Phillipines.
  • The Simpsons Season 12, Episode 6: The Computer Wore Menace Shoes (2000) – Director: Mark Kirkland, USA.
  • Clandestine Childhood / Infancia clandestines (2011), Director: Benjamin Avila, Argentina – Spain – Brasil.
  • The Day I Was Not Born / Das Lied in Mir (2011), Director: Florian Cossen, Germany-Argentina



  • Nostalgia de la luz/Nostalgia for the Light (2010) – Director: Patricio Guzman, France, Germany, Chile, Spain, USA.
  • Ormancik (2014), Sterk TV.
  • 33 Yillik Direnis Berfo Ana / Berxwedana 33 Salan-Dayika Berfo (2014) Director: Veysi Altay, Turkey.
  • Buka Barane (2013) Director: Dilek Gökçin, Turkey
  • Sabah Yıldızı Sabahattin Ali Belgeseli (2012) Director: Metin Avdaç, Turkey
  • Nuestros Desaparecidos / Our Disappeared (2008) Director: Juan Mandelbaum, Argentina



  • Catch-22. (1961) Author: Joseph Heller.
  • Darkness at Noon. (1940) Author: Arthur Koestler
  • The Disappeared. (2009) Author: Kim Echlin.
  • Grafitti, from the book ‘Queremos tanto a Glenda’. (1980) Author: Julio Cortázar.
  • Información para extranjeros/Information for Foreigners (1995) Author: Griselda Gambaro.
  • When Darkness Falls. (2007) Author: James Grippando
  • La muerte y la doncella /Death and the Maiden (1991) Author: Ariel Dorfman (1991)
  • The Ministry of Special Cases. (2007). Written by Nathan Englander
  • Mi hija Dagmar / My daughter Dagmar (1984). Author: Hagelin Ragmar.
  • Widows (1981) Author: Ariel Dorfman
  • Feeding on Dreams: Confessions of an Unrepentant Exile (2011). Author: Ariel Dorfman
  • José (1987) Author: Matilde Herrera.
  • Dirty Secrets, Dirty Wars: Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1976-83: the Exile of Editor Robert J. Cox (2008) Author: David Cox



  • A Lexicon of Terror (1998) Author: Marguerite Feitlowitz
  • Searching for Life: The Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo and the Disappeared Children of Argentina (1999) Author: Rita Arditti
  • Nunca Mas: The Report of the Argentine National Commission on the Disappeared by Argentine National Commission on Disappeared (1984) CONADEP
  • Prisoner without a Name, Cell without a Number (2002) Author: Jacobo Timerman
  • The Little School: Tales of Disappearance and Survival in Argentina (1979) Author: Alicia Partnoy
  • A State of Fear (1986) Author: Andrew Graham-Yooll
  • The Condor Years (2003) Author: John Dinges
  • We Need The Truth: Enforced Disappearances in Asia (2009) Editor: Katharina Lauritsch
  • Enforced Disappearances in International Human Rights (2006) Author: Maria Fernanda Perez Solla
  • Beyond Tears and Borders: Tracking Enforced Disappearances (2013) Asian Federation Against –Involuntary Disappearances

Popular Music 


  • Hay Una Mujer Desaparecida“, Album “Live from El Salvador”, Holly Near (with Barbara Higbie).
  • Desaparecidos“, Album “Voice of America”, Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul.
  • Desapariciones” Rubén Blades (also played by Los Fabulosos Cadillacs and Maná).
  • Mothers of the Disappeared” Album “The Joshua Tree”, U2.
  • They Dance Alone (Cueca Solo)” Album “Nothing Like the Sun”, Sting.
  • The Circle (Song for Layla Al-Attar and los Olividados)“, Kris Kristofferson.
  • Undercover of the Night“, The Rolling Stones
  • Cumartesi Türküsü / Sezen Aksu
  • Beni Bul Anne / Ahmet Kaya
  • Benim Annem Cumartesi / Bandista