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EL GUARDIÁN DE LA MEMORIA / THE GUARDIAN OF MEMORY
Thursday, April 2, 6:00pm
Harkins Tucson Spectrum 18
IN PERSON: DIRECTOR MARCELA ARTEAGA
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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