Eternal Chains – TV miniseries
A drama about a brilliant American geneticist and her struggle in Argentina, as she pits her courage and genetic techniques against brutal tyrants and kidnappers, to reunite the “Grandmothers of the Disappeared” with their stolen grandchildren. It’s loosely based on actual events.
Eternal Chains script
About the Grandmothers Of The Disappeared
When Argentina’s military overthrew Peron’s government, they abducted any suspected opponents, and hundreds of children were either kidnapped along with their parents or born in captivity. Early in the reign of terror, a human rights organization called the “Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo” was founded.
These grandmothers kept a vigil in the plaza across from the military offices, picketing for the return of their children and grandchildren. Their natural dignity made them a powerful symbol of resistance. But they were more than that–they were a fully operational intelligence organization, gathering an enormous amount of evidence about the fate of the disappeared.
The geneticist is Nancy, about 35, attractive, affable and idealistic. And when she sets her sights on a worthy goal, she puts her very heart and soul and endless supply of vitality into achieving it. She’s a well respected researcher and professor at UC Berkeley.
In 1976 Nancy and her husband, who’s an ecologist, leave to teach science at a college in Argentina. It’s part of a prestigious exchange program. Nancy thoroughly enjoys the experience, finds the eagerness of the Argentine students very rewarding, is enthralled with the culture and its earthy people and makes many friends.
Then in the spring of 1977, the serenity of the campus is suddenly shattered. We see images of violence and mayhem, as the military attacks the college and the city. They overthrow Peron’s government and go on a rampage of kidnapping, torture and murder that eventually leaves 12,000 people dead. (more…)