30' / HD
In 2006 the president of Mexico, Felipe Calderon declared an open war on the drug cartels, sparking fierce violence. Eight years later more than 100,000 people have died, 26,000 are missing and nearly 500,000 are displaced. More and more innocent people get drawn into the conflict. In September 2014, under the regime of the new president Enrique Peña Nieto, 43 students of a rural teachers' college were kidnapped and disappeared from police custody. They were allegedly handed over to members of a drug cartel, who later murdered them. This case was the straw that broke the camel's back. Today, Mexicans are tired of pointless blood-shed, violence, death and corruption and since last year they have taken to the streets to express their anger. In the absence of some long due answers from the authorities, protests grow and threaten to lead to a citizen revolt and eventually into a state crisis.
By using personal video footage and focusing on personal stories and experiences this film is an intimate account of the current situation. The film offers previously unknown insights into the complex situation in Mexico today: Omar García, a surviving student, Denis Sanchez, a disabled migrant, Alejandro Solalinde, a priest under threat, Jorge Valencia, a man determined to defend himself, and Lidia Cacho, a kidnapped and imprisoned journalist - all share their personal views.
Producer: berlin producers
Production year: 2015
Languages: English, German