Prisma, the Archivo Histórico RTA

Prisma, the Archivo Histórico RTA



This resource provides unedited historical newsreels, including those during the military dictatorship period (1976-83) that were censored at the time.

A good example is this one, with images that were never broadcasted publicly:

It also includes rich contextual information about each video.

Human Rights in Argentina and Chile, Then and Now: Podcast

To mark Argentina’s annual Memory, Truth and Justice Day (on the 24 March 1976, the military dictatorship began) the Argentina Solidarity Campaign, the Institute of Latin American Studies, and the Argentina Research Network hosted a panel with a range of speakers reflecting on the human rights abuses, mass torture and Disappearances committed by the military dictatorships of the 1970s and 80s. More recent cases such as the illegal detention of activist Milagro Sala were also discussed.


You can listen to the podcast of the event in full here


Held at Senate House, London on Tuesday, March 21st 2017 the panel consisted of the following:


Alberto Hinrichsen – Chilean academic and activist imprisoned in Argentina under Videla and who sought exile to the United Kingdom in the 1970s.

Vicky Grandon – Volunteer with the Argentina Human Rights Campaign in the 1970s set up to raise awareness in the UK of the Argentina dictatorship’s human rights abuses, Co-ordinator of Sheffield Argentina Campaign which focused on adoption of disappeared children and political prisoners.

Nick Caistor – Latin American Bureau and campaigner against the military dictatorship for the first incarnation of the Argentina Solidarity Campaign in the 1970s.

Marcela Lopez Levy – Argentina Solidarity Campaign/Latin American Bureau and author of ‘Argentina under the Kirchners: the Legacy of Left Populism’ (LAB/Practical Action, 2017)


Chaired by Pablo Bradbury, (Argentina Solidarity Campaign and PhD student at the University of Liverpool)

Additional contribution from Monica Gonzalez, (Argentina Solidarity Campaign and student at Birkbeck, University of London)

Current state of Argentina’s Economy – Presentation by Dr Pedro Biscay, Director of Argentina’s Central Bank

On 24th February 2017, together with the LSE Student Union Argentina Society, the Argentina Research Network hosted a talk by Dr Pedro Biscay, Director of the Central Bank of the Argentinian Republic (BCRA). He provided his analysis of the current state of Argentina’s economy and has kindly shared his presentation with us (in English) here:


Pedro Biscay presentation LSE February 2017


Mauricio Macri’s election to the presidency in December 2015 marked a distinct change of direction for Argentina after 12 years of Kirchnerismo. This shift accompanies a broader regional change in what seems to be the demise of the ‘Pink Tide’. In his first year of office, the new president has faced a growing set of problems and points of friction at home and abroad. Among these are a changed international context, a collapse in commodity prices, low rates of economic growth, high inflation along with labour and social conflict. In this talk, Dr Pedro Biscay analyses the economic prospects for the country from his unique perspective on the board of its Central Bank.


pedro_biscayDr. Pedro Biscay is member of the board of Central Bank of Argentina. He has a degree in law with specialisation on criminal law and economics crimes.


In 2014-2015 he was Deputy Head of the Banking Sector Regulatory and Supervisory. Between 2013 and 2014 he was the Coordinator of the Programme of Banking and Economics crimes of Procelac (Procuraduría de Criminalidad económica y lavado de activos), an agency within the Public Prosecutor Office. He was also adviser of the former President of the National Value Comission (CNV) and the Lower House in Congress (Cámara de Diputados) in matters related to money laundering and regulation of the financial sector.


As part of his activity in the civil society sector, he was head of deputy of the Centre of Public Policies for Socialism (CEPPAS) and Director of the Center of Research and Prevention of Economic Criminality (CIPCE).

Videos to Teach and Research on Argentina

Below is a list of films and documentaries about Argentina that may be useful as researchers and teachers:

They are compiled by Amy Erica Smith ( and Flavia Freidenberg (, with a lot of input from many people. Thanks especially to Jana Morgan for the initial thread used to start this list.

NB new links are being added all the time. For the updated list see this googledocs link

Video name About Length YouTube/Public Link 
El mismo amor, la misma lluvia (1999) Argentina; Dirty War; authoritarianism; 20th century history, romance 112 mins
La noche de los lápices (1986) Argentina; Dirty War; authoritarianism 105 mins
Quebracho (1974) Argentina: colonialism; social revolution; labour; movements 114 mins
La patagonia rebelde (1974) Argentina; labour rights;  revolution; collective action 102 mins
No habrá más penas ni olvido (1978) Argentina; political parties; 20th century history
El Secreto de sus Ojos (2009) Argentina; administración de justicia, 20th century history 126 mins
Operación Masacre (1972) Argentina; Dirty War; political parties; guerrilla; Golpes de Estado 115 mins
Eva Perón: The True Story (1996) Argentina; Eva Perón; populism 120 mins
Kamchatka (2002) Argentina: Dirty War, memory, sons 104 mins
La Dignidad de los Nadies (2005) Argentina; collective action after the crisis 120 mins
La Próxima Estación: Historia y Reconstrucción de los Ferrocarriles (2008) Argentina; privatization in the 90s; 19th century history 115 mins (trailer)
Our Disappeared (Nuestros Desaparecidos) (2008) Argentina; Dirty War; memory 99 mins
The Official Story (La Historia Oficial) (1985/2004) Argentina; Dirty War; memory 112 mins
Luna de Avellaneda (2004) Argentina: privatization in the 90s; crisis económica, valores sociales 143 mins
Nueve Reinas (2000) Argentina: privatization in the 90s; crisis económica 114 mins
Elefante Blanco (2012) Argentina; pobreza, villas miserias, iglesia católica 106 mins
Historias Mínimas (Intimate Storys) (2002) Argentina; mundo rural; costumbres; pobreza; Patagonia 92 mins
The Take (2004) Argentina; labour rights; unions; globalization 87 mins
Un lugar en el Mundo (1992) Argentina; Patagonia; memoria 120 mins
White, Blue and White (2015) Argentina; soccer; Falkland Islands war 52 mins
Infancia Clandestina (2011) Argentina; Dirty War; memory; guerrilla; Montoneros; Exilio 112 mins