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Uploaded on Aug 19, 2008

During the 1970s, Mexico engaged in a "dirty war" against left-wing dissidents and suspected "subversives," resulting in the arrest and "disappearance" of hundreds of its own citizens. In many instances, the children of the "disappeared" were adopted by other families. Since 2000, long-secret documents about these events have become public, revealing the stories of these missing victims of the "dirty war."

TRACING ALEIDA relates the story of 31-year-old Aleida Gallangos, who discovered her true identity only in 2001, and her 3-year-long efforts to locate her older brother, from whom she was separated at the age of 2 when their parents were arrested by state security forces in 1975. Researching adoption records, Aleida traced her brother, Lucio Antonio, to a Mexican family living in Washington, D.C.

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