Private Project

Stolen Babies of Spain (Los Bebés Robados de España)

Tells the story of babies (now adults) stolen between 1939-1992 in Spain and their search for truth, justice and reconciliation in a system determined to keep the truth dead and buried.

This feature length documentary film is based in part on over 300 victim interviews and 4 years of research and combines intimate, personal interviews with live action footage of victim rallies in Barcelona, Valencia, Malaga and Sevilla , public protests, and behind-the-scenes coverage of victim strategy sessions, meetings and an inside the courtroom look at the notorious Dr. Vela trial (accused of stealing hundreds, even thousands of babies over decades) to provide the audience with a complete look at this horrific human rights violation and struggle.

The filmmakers were also granted exclusive rights to film victim exhumations which revealed more lies and questions unanswered.

The film also presents on-camera interviews with Spain's leading journalists, advocates, lawyers, historians, historical memory officials, elected political leaders, stolen baby association presidents, and of course, victims currently searching for their biological family-babies (now adults) and surviving mothers and fathers to tell the full, unfiltered story.

This documentary also includes an exclusive interview with a current Member of the European Parliament who has investigated this issue in Spain on behalf of her committee as chairwoman. She shares her upcoming plans, hopes and frustrations moving forward from an international perspective on this issue.

This documentary was filmed on location in Spain, USA and Puerto Rico.

The film is in Spanish with English subtitles and the narration is in English.

While telling the story of dozens of actual victims and their search for truth, justice and reconciliation, the film also introduces and follows a handful of main characters to better understand the contours of this broad issue;

Ines Madrigal, a stolen baby and adult accuser of Dr. Eduardo Vela, and so far, the only victim to ever have her (or his) day in court.

Enrique Vila, a lawyer, author and victim himself, who recently lobbied the Pope to take action on behalf of stolen babies in Spain and who is arguing a case before the UN as of the summer of 2019.

Ascension Lopez, a victim who finds herself facing possible jail time for stating the facts as she knows them in her case which implicate a powerful and influential Nun, who is also a relative of Ascension.

Clara Alfonsa Reinosa, a victim who claims that the current Minister of Defense for Spain played a key role in taking away her baby as a young adult whom she (Clara) has recently been reunited with and continues to press for her parental rights.

Raquel Clark, an American who resides in Florida and Magaly Davila, a resident of Puerto Rico, both of whom were stolen and taken from Spain as infants, and whom both continue to search for their true biological family through investigations and DNA testing.

Truth. Justice. Reconciliation. The struggle continues for thousands of victims and their loved ones and this film is proud to chronicle this struggle.

  • Greg Rabidoux
    Death at Dinner (IMDB-FSU Film), nominated for Best Short Film at Rendez-Vous Film Festival 2019
  • Greg Rabidoux
    Hollywood Politicos, Then and Now (2009), The Diva, Red Scared.
  • Maravillas Lencina
    EP of The Diva, Red Scared
  • Ines Madrigal
    Key Cast
  • Enrique Vila
    Key Cast
    Historias Robadas, Sin Identidad
  • Ascension Lopez
    Key Cast
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  • Genres:
    Human Rights
  • Runtime:
    2 hours 48 minutes 15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 17, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    140,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • Language:
    English, Spanish
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  • Great Lakes International Film Festival
    Erie Pennsylvania
    United States
    September 28, 2019
    Official Film Selection 2019
  • European Cinematography Awards
    October 5, 2019
    Semi-Finalist Best Documentary Film, Official Film Selection 2020
  • American Golden Pictures International Film Festival
    United States
    October 18, 2019
    Official Film Selection 2019
  • Winner Best Documentary Long (Feature) American Golden Pictures International Film Festival
    United States
    October 28, 2019
    Winner-Best Documentary Film (Long) October 2019
  • Winner Best Documentary Feature ARFF Berlin 2019
    November 10, 2019
    Best Documentary Feature Film
  • Winner Depth of Field Film Festival Best Documentary Feature
    Nassau, DE
    United States
    November 1, 2019
    Winner Best Documentary Film Feature
  • Florence Film Festival
    November 3, 2019
    Official Film Selection 2019
Director Biography - Greg Rabidoux

Greg has worked both in front of and behind the camera, including being in the cast of several FSU College of Motion Picture Films, on stage as an actor, director and playwright, and covering a number of political events as a freelancer and staffer. Greg has an earned BFA (UCONN), MA (American U) and PH.D and JD, his focus has been on film, politics, and law.

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Director Statement

I am both very proud and humbled to have directed this film and continue to be inspired by the courage and commitment of the stolen babies (now adults) to seek the truth.

I hope our film does justice to the many victims and their loved ones who continue their search for truth, justice and reconciliation in a supposedly democratic system in Spain that at best seems indifferent and at worst is hell-bent on keeping the truth dead and buried.

Thank you to our wonderful team who have spent hundreds of hours developing the story and to everyone who opened their hearts and lives to us.

I truly pray the world takes notice and helps the victims become whole again.