Identifying Nelson/Buscando a Roberto
Identifying Nelson/Buscando a Roberto is a documentary film about an American man’s journey to heal wounds of being forcibly separated from his birth family during El Salvador’s civil war, one the bloodiest conflicts of the Cold War.
The film revolves around a week-long trip that Nelson/Roberto took to El Salvador for the 2011 commemoration of the “Day of the Disappeared.” During the trip he attends a special breakfast hosted by the former president of El Salvador Mauricio Funes, and interviews members of his birth family. He also visits "The Monument of Truth and Memory" where his birth mother’s name is engraved, along with the names of 30,000 people who died or disappeared during the country’s twelve-year conflict.
Now 33 years later, on the anniversary of his separation, Nelson/Roberto is launching a Kickstarter project to complete a documentary film about his life as one of El Salvador’s Disappeared.