A few acknowledgments are necessary: To Silvia Malagrino for her generosity of spirit and friendship. In addition to sharing her work with me, Silvia spared hours of her time for interviews, emails, and follow up. To Louis Takacs, International Documents Librarian at Northwestern University, for his assistance with data on Argentine immigration. To Tamara Falicov, María de los Angeles Torres, Chuck Kleinhans, and Julia Lesage for their intellectual support and critical insights. And, to Philippe Geyskens for his technical support; my interviews would have been impossible without a new MP3 recorder and his computer expertise. Parts of this essay were originally presented at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies meeting in Philadelphia, March 2008. Many thanks to the audience members who provided valuable feedback. [return to page 1 of essay]
 According to the Statistical Yearbook of the Immigration and Naturalization Service nearly 22,000 Argentines immigrated to the United States between 1976 and 1984, the years of the Argentine dictatorship. Because of the relationship between Argentina and the U.S., most of these immigrants were not recognized as political refugees or as asylum seekers. Malagrino, for instance, entered the U.S. as a student and would likely not have been recognized for the political refugee that she felt herself to be.
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