You are camping with friends, drinking beer and swimming, celebrating your nineteenth birthday. A car pulls up in the forest. Your aunt emerges, and as she walks towards you she calls out, palms pressed as if in prayer. In Spanish filmmaker Icíar Bollaín’s gripping Maixabel (2021), it is enough for a relative to say your name to know that the worst has happened: your world has ended, your fath ... (read more)
Ruth McHugh-Dillon holds a PhD in Spanish and Latin American studies from the University of Melbourne, specialising in literary representations of memory and trauma in post-dictatorship societies. She writes, reads, and researches on unceded Wurundjeri land in Naarm/Melbourne.