Silence is a Falling Body

(El silencio es un cuerpo que cae)
Agustina Comedi | Documentary

2018 | 72 minutes | Argentina

This story of political activism and sexual dissidence offers a fascinating insight into life in Argentina between the 1970s and 1990s, peeling back layers of left-wing politics, homosexuality, and AIDS as it shifts between private and public spheres, intertwining the personal and the political. 


Filmmaker Agustina Comedi delves into her father Jaime's past. The reconstruction of his intimate life as a father, undress a clandestine past; not only that of a political activist, but also that of a gay man. Before getting married to Agustina’s mother, Jaime had been in a relationship with another man for more than 10 years. In catholic Argentina of the '80s, Jaime’s true nature was a family secret.

Silence is a Falling Body is narrated through Jaime’s home videos, which portray a typical medium class family during the boom of neoliberalism in Argentina. This story of political activism and sexual dissidence offers a fascinating insight into life in Argentina between the 1970s and 1990s, peeling back layers of left-wing politics, homosexuality, and AIDS as it shifts between private and public spheres, intertwining the personal and the political. The testimonies of his friends, all of them lesbians, gays, and transexuals, talk about the multiple forms of violence the LGTB community went threw during the last military dictatorship in Argentina, but also about the parties and the emotional alliances that built a new way of resistance. In this exercise of not only individual, but political and collective memory, the film questions the meaning of desire and freedom.


"Comedi builds a machinery of radioactive explosion centered in her father." — Ezequiel Boetti, Pagina 12

"Intense and memorable as opens new lines to understand a life and a period of time in Argentina." — Diego Battle, La Nación

"The film is an extraordinary experience that leaves you between surprise and reflection." — Gustavo Noriega, Infobae

"Impactful and reflexive. An intimate and political film at the same time. Extremely shuddering." — María Bertoni, Espectadores

"Silence is a Falling Body is of a forcefulness and unique rigor." — Juan Pablo Russo, Escribiendo Cine

"Impressive... Keeping in mind that Argentina legalized same-sex marriage in 2010 as the tenth country in the world and is seen as one of the most progressive countries in terms of transgender rights globally — one realizes that those companions of Jaime have been trailblazers for the LGBTQ+ community." —Victoria Becker, Take One

"Comedi gives voice to a generation that suffered the double the horror: that of the dictatorship and that of AIDS." — Damián Bender, Cine Divergente

"Of great richness…showing not only society and families’ huge prejudice toward homosexuality, but also the virosic homophobia in the center of the revolutionary organizations, even organizing internal trials against members who had fallen into this “bourgeois deviation”. It sheds light on the gay environment of the ‘80s, its codes of belonging, its ways of relating, and the difficulty of daily life." —Ricardo Ottone, Subjetiva

"An interesting biographical film about a man with warm family ties and one who was bisexual during a different time in Argentinian society." — T. Root, Video Librarian

Main credits

Comedi, Agustina (film director)
Comedi, Agustina (screenwriter)

Other credits

Cinematography, Agustina Comedi, Ezequiel Salinas; editor, Valeria Racioppi.

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DocsBarcelona - Best Feature Film
Buenos Aires Int’l Independent Film Festival - Special Mention; Human Rights Competition
Lima Film Festival - Best Documentary Feature
Jean Rouch International Film Festival - First Film Prize
Antofacine International Film Festival - Best Feature Film, 'Nuevos Lenguajes' Competition
Sicilia Queer Film Fest - Palermo Pride Award

DIRECTOR: Agustina Comedi


YEAR: 2018

GENRE: Documentary


COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: College, Adults



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