On November 8, 1930, Géérard Fleury, an amateur cinematographer in Normandy, went out at dawn to film Lake Thuit. He was never seen or heard from again. On August 20, 1940,Barcelona-born Stalinist Ramóón Mercader assassinated Leon Trotsky in Mexico. After spending 20 years in prison, he was buried in Russia under a tombstone marked Ramóón Ivanovich Lóópez. Fleury and Mercader are "uncanny" protagonists of two fascinating Spanish documentaries that explore transnational identity. Functioning as database narratives whose search engines generate a unique network of stories, they excavate lost histories that could potentially change our understanding of the transnational 1990s.

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