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EL GUARDIÁN DE LA MEMORIA / THE GUARDIAN OF MEMORY  

ARIZONA PREMIERE

Thursday, April 2, 6:00pm

Harkins Tucson Spectrum 18

IN PERSON: DIRECTOR MARCELA ARTEAGA

Documentary

Mexico, 2019, 1 hr 33 mins.

Producers: Fabián Hofman

Director: Marcela Arteaga

Writer: Marcela Arteaga

Cinematographer: Axel Pedraza

Editor: Javier Campos

In Spanish with English subtitles

This second documentary from director Arteaga is a strong and lyrical meditation on Mexico’s failed drug wars and their devastating impact on local communities. In this powerful film, quiet landscapes from Mexico’s Juarez Valley are juxtaposed with horrifying tales of mass murder. In 2008, the Mexican government sent an army to the rugged border region with the purported goal of fighting the rampant drug trafficking. As locals from Juarez and Chihuahua tearfully recount the stories of their murdered or disappeared children, parents, and siblings, a Texas-based lawyer argues that asylum seekers from the area must be considered victims of a genocide. As Mexico’s new federal administration deploys more armed forces throughout the country and has granted them a constitutional role in domestic security—in clear opposition to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s electoral promise of withdrawing the military from the streets, The Guardian of Memory serves as a daring and cinematic testament to a dragging humanitarian crisis with no clear end in sight. 

 

Winner, Best Documentary, Morelia International Film Festival, 2019

Official Selection, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, 2019

Official Selection, Margaret Mead Film Festival, 2019 

 

Stunning sights both beautiful and haunting. – Toronto Now

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