Thanks to all who participated in our Summer 2020 series! The discussion series is now concluded, but you can still watch the video-taped introductions by our film experts and the films on your own time. Throw a DIY watch party! For more information on the series: Virtual International Film Festival.

Video introduction by SHASS faculty for each film are available to the public. Links to the featured films are open to current MIT students, faculty and staff.

Introduction to the film

By Margery Resnick


Watch the film

Watch the film here: The Official Story

About the film

Resnick’s pick is: The Official Story/La historia oficial (1985) directed by Luis Puenzo.

During the final months of the Argentinian Military Dictatorship in 1983, a high school teacher sets out to find out who the mother of her adopted daughter is.

“The Official Story is part polemic, part thriller, part tragedy. It belongs on the list with films like Z, Missing and El Norte, which examine the human aspects of political unrest.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Country of Origin: Argentina. Genre: Drama. Awards: Winner of Best Foreign Language Film at the 1986 Academy Awards, and Golden Globes. Winner of Prize of the Ecumenical Jury and Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival.



Margery Resnick
  • Associate Professor of Literature at MIT

Margery Resnick’s research includes work on Hispanic literature, international writing by women and the history of women at MIT.