Motivated by the problems that have been experienced in the country and especially in his home state for years, the filmmaker José María Espinosa from Sinaloa decided to give a voice, through his work, to the mothers who, faced with the inefficiency of the authorities, have dedicated themselves to searching for their disappeared children.
One of those people is Mirna Nereida Medina Quiñónez, whose story is the axis of Espinosa’s debut feature, I named you in the silencean documentary film that portrays the hard work of the Rastreadoras de El Fuerte, a group led by Mirna who, since 2014, have excavated the earth to find the remains of missing family and friends.
“Being from Culiacán, Sinaloa and growing up surrounded by that history of violence in our land, it makes you mature as a man and as a human being, concerns about certain things that happen around you grow, either directly or indirectly, you accumulate personal stories of people who are no longer here, are missing or murdered.
“I was lucky to choose a profession where I could create certain vehicles to try to remedy or raise awareness about this,” said the director in interview with The Sun of Mexico.
East documentary film It had more than 96 hours of recording, which were summed up in almost an hour and a half; for the director it represented a great challenge especially because with so much material he could have made more than five projects with different perspectives.
The objective was clear from the beginning, not to bet on the morbidity that the situation could generate, nor take advantage of the pain of others, warned the filmmaker.
Chema seeks to make visible the problems that are currently being experienced in his state and in the entire country, so that the authorities take action on the matter and, at the same time, counteract the feeling of frustration and helplessness with a light of strength and hope. , issued by the women who make up the collective.
“Falling into morbidity is very easy in this type of project, even unintentionally. As the plot progressed we were thinking about how not to repeat emotions, situations, we wanted to present new visions that would push the narrative.
“What I like the most (of the documentary) and what people do not expect is light and shadow, the duality of pain, loss and anguish, but also the strength they have, of this value of resilience, of the luminosity that emanates from their situation and of this inner power to face tragedies,” Espinosa assured.
The filmmaker accompanied the searchers from 2016 to 2019. From its creation until now, the group has found more than 200 remains, of which very few have been identified.
That is why now, the next step, said Mirna Nereida Medina, is to request the authorities to exhaustively identify the findings so that more cases are clarified.
“Now for the search, although it sounds a bit presumptuous, we are almost experts, right now what we want is to go to another level, we must demand that the government make the forensic identification.
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“We have many people located in Sinaloa and throughout the country, we are talking about a total of 30,000 people located in mass graves or in Semefos (Forensic Medical Service), so we have to find a way to identify those remains” Medina Quinonez said.
The documentary film It will be available from May 12 in commercial cinemas and art circuits.
Espinosa’s next work focuses on youth, electronic music and addiction to methamphetamines, is entitled dancing not to be dead.