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This thesis looks for the reverberations of El Salvador's civil war (1980-1992) within the Salvadoran Diaspora in Washington, D.C. It examines the complexities of repression and marginalization with the Salvadoran psyche following the failures of the post-war truth and reconciliation process. The persistence of grief and trauma, of being stuck in a state of limbo-- between nations, time and memory--are painfully present in the immigrant community. Over a fifth of El Salvador's population lives in the United States, with over 500,000 living in D.C. Forced from their homes by rampant violence, and now living in a country that denies their human rights grievances, the lack of refugee status cripples healing. Presented as a lens-based documentary project, archival video and collaborators' personal artifacts, the project locates the paradoxes and pain within the Salvadoran community in the aftermath of war and migration.