"Identifying Nelson/Buscando a Roberto" Documentary Screening

Aurora's Morgan Opera House hosts Nelson de Witt, son of President de Witt, for a discussion of his film and the international conflicts that shaped his experience.




7:00 pm


Morgan Opera House, downtown Aurora

General Info

The historic Morgan Opera House in downtown Aurora will present a screening and discussion with filmmaker Nelson de Witt/Roberto Coto, son of Wells College President Thomas de Witt, at 7 p.m. Saturday, September 6. Nelson will show parts of his film "Identifying Nelson/Buscando a Roberto" and discuss the events of his life that led to its creation. The event is free, and all are welcome to attend.

In 1997, Nelson de Witt, a 16-year-old adoptee from Boston, Massachusetts, discovered that he had been identified as one Roberto Coto, an infant who disappeared in 1982 after a deadly government raid on three guerrilla safe houses in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

The raid rescued a kidnapped businessman and also resulted in the disappearance of a dozen Salvadoran revolutionaries, including Roberto’s biological mother, Ana Milagro Escobar. Today, a generation after one of the bloodiest conflicts of the Cold War, the wounds of the Civil War in El Salvador are still open and the truth about them has been obscured.

Nelson/Roberto has determined that sharing his search for the truth about his story is his way of making a difference. At the heart of Nelson/Roberto’s search is the simple belief that finding what makes us all alike—or connected—can change the world.

Margaret Ward, Nelson's adoptive mother, will complement the event with a brief discussion of her own nonfiction book, "Missing Mila, Finding Family: An International Adoption in the Shadow of the Salvadoran Civil War." Margaret is Professor Emerita of German at Wellesley College, where she taught from 1971 to 2010, held the William R. Kenan, Jr. professorship, and helped establish the Women and Gender Studies department

For more about "Identifying Nelson/Buscando a Roberto," visit www.identifyingnelson.com.