The life of the only woman who ran the newspaper La Capital arrives on TV

The daily The capital it has its centenary history, it is in encyclopedias, libraries, and above all in the streets and in the people. There is much written and published, but there is also something that is unknown. And so many questions. Feminist producer Rosaria Producciones, who had just worked with “Mary Terán, the village tennis player” and “Not one less in Santa Fe”, started shooting the documentary “Where is Nora Lagos?”, Directed by Judith Battaglia, who the course of the only female director who has had the dean of the Argentine press is on tour. “Nora Lagos’ life has a lot to do with the Peronist resistance,” said María Langhi, executive producer of the project and also a member of the Lagos family.

Calle Sarmiento al 700 changed its appearance on Wednesday morning. Cables pulled, projectors, clapperboards, producers talking on their cell phones, too intense to be just 8:30 in the morning.

Once inside La Capital, director Judith asked for silence, the assistant said that the take number and the words of Nora Paloma Mascías, better known as Norita or Pilín, were filmed. Seeing her talk about her mother (who died on November 23, 1975, at the age of 50) from the same room where the newspaper editors’ meetings are held every afternoon to decide the day’s issues, with the portrait of the founder Ovid I lakes on the background was like a journey through a time tunnel filled with symbolism.

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“Where is Nora Lagos? As a unitary documentary, it won the Renacer Audiovisual Award for the province of Santa Fe, which is a plan of the National Ministry of Culture. The mentor of this project is Langhi, who spoke to this newspaper during a break from filming that took place yesterday afternoon at the Splendor Savoy Hotel, another of the important locations for this 48-minute documentary, which will air in the last third of the year on the public television screen.

It’s that Nora Lagos lived there in the two months before she was director of La Capital, a role she held from 1953 to 1955, until the de facto government came looking for her and took her into custody 48 hours after the overthrow. by Juan Domingo Perón.

“We have known the story of Nora for several years, but many people do not know her, and it is very similar to the story of Mary Terán, because her life is not even known within the movement. peronistdespite everything that has happened to Nora has to do with her Peronist militancy, ”said Langhi.

This careful work includes, in addition to Norita’s voice, the testimonies of Oscar de Sanctis and Carlos Bermúdez, of the young María Laura and Florencia de Sanctis, and also of Mónica de Sanctis, mother of María Langhi.

Among the voices that will outline the life of Nora Lagos and her relationship with La Capital and Peronism, animations will also be included, in a subsequent process, with the aim of giving the proposal a more dynamic aesthetic.

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Producer María Langhi, who talked about the documentary with La Capital, and her aunt Norita, daughter of Nora Lagos.

Producer María Langhi, who talked about the documentary with La Capital, and her aunt Norita, daughter of Nora Lagos.

On the genesis of this production, Langhi said: “It all started when last year we first won the development award of the Provincial Fund, then we won the development award of the National Fund for the Arts and finally the Renacer, which is what allowed us to make this documentary. The first two had to carry out the research work, which was quite difficult because there are few historians like Vaschetti or Galasso, who have written about Nora, but the minimum chronicle is known. We chose to tell the story from the family member. She was the only female editor of a newspaper and I think they wiped her out of Nora’s story.

For Langhi this cancellation of history “had to do with Peronism but also with a gender story, because if she had been a man it would have been different”. And she said that “in those two years that you were editor, the information in the newspaper was like a Peronist newspaper. That’s why when Perón was overthrown, two days later they sent Nora to prison, who was arrested four times ”.

However, Lagos later published two “semi-clandestine” newspapers, because “the military said there was no censorship”, called La Argentina and Soberanía. In this regard, the producer and Norita’s niece said: “In the second arrest it was because the military said that a photo of Evita’s wake had come out, and that it went against decree 4161 which banned any image related to Peronism. At first they went to look for her at her home in boulevard Oroño on December 28, 1955, and she disappeared for a couple of days, until her colleagues published a sentence in one of these semi-secret newspapers with the phrase “Where is Nora Lagos?” and from there the title of this documentary was born ”.

Langhi tells the story as someone who provides the details of a Netflix movie, but tells a familiar plot she has heard as a child for decades. And he continues: «Nora was taken by boat to Ushuaia, but when you know that publication she appears immediately because they take her down to Buenos Aires. In any case, she was detained with women from the female branch of Peronism, such as Ana Macri, among others, for six months. And there she strengthens her militancy even more, from then on her life is more and more militant “.

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Norita the daughter.  Yesterday it was shot in the main hall of the newspaper, in front of the portrait of the founder Ovid Lagos.

Norita the daughter. Yesterday it was shot in the main hall of the newspaper, in front of the portrait of the founder Ovid Lagos.

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“What we are saying is how much that political militancy cost her in family and social terms, what it meant to be the head of a newspaper like La Capital and what it meant within Peronism, why she was a controversial figure. There are conflicting versions, since some say that Perón asked Nora to take charge of the newspaper and Lagos is also rumored to ask him not to expropriate the newspaper as they did with La Prensa, ”he indicated.

And he concluded: “Nora’s house in Buenos Aires was like the house of the Peronist cultural circle of Buenos Aires, of Homero Manzi and of all that circuit. Nora sucked all this and her militancy starts with running La Capital, with the imprint that the newspaper belongs to the workers. Yesterday we read in the newspaper a letter written by Nora dedicated to a worker who, after 25 years of seniority, was retiring. And I thanked him for being part of the family. “

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