In 1986, the Uruguayan Parliament passed a law granting amnesty for all crimes and human rights violations committed by the military and police during the dictatorship (1973-85). This law of impunity prevented the clarification demanded by the relatives of those who had disappeared and been murdered by the former regime. A public initiative arose calling for a referendum in which the law be subject to the vote of the people.
One or Two Questions uses U-matic footage, mostly of interviews recorded on the streets of Uruguay between 1987 and 1989, to present a time capsule of the period. The result is a multifaceted reflection of the country and its inhabitants in which the values of democracy – such as peace, justice, and equality – are continually questioned and re-explored.
Dir. Kristina Konrad - Interviews & Sound: María Barhoum, Graciela Salsamendi - 273min - 2018 - Germany/Uruguay - Subtitles available in: English, German, French, Italian, Portuguese
"Konrad’s subtle and almost Socratic questioning...is the best expression of journalism’s true role within democracy: to make the people conscious." - The Guardian