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Our Mothers
Original title:
Nuestras madres
Slovenian title:
Naše matere
Section:
PERSPECTIVES
Country, year:
Guatemala, Belgium, France, 2019
Length:
78
Directed by:
Cesar Diaz
Screenplay:
César Díaz
Cinematography:
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Music:
Rémi Boubal
Subtitles:
Slovenian
Language:
Spanish
Voting code:
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Cast:
Armando Espitia (Ernesto), Emma Dib (Cristina), Aurelia Caal (Nicolasa), Julio Serrano Echeverría (Juan), Victor Moreira (Freddy)
Awards:
Cannes 2019 – Critics' Week (Golden Camera)

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Description:
Our Mothers deals with a traumatic chapter in Guatemala's recent history that has left enduring scars of wartime experiences on many of its citizens.
Guatemala, 2018. The whole country is immersed in the trial of the soldiers who sparked the civil war. Victim statements come one after another. Ernesto is a young anthropologist working for the Forensic Foundation; his job is to identify the missing. One day, while hearing the account of an old woman, he thinks he has found a lead that might guide him to his father, a guerrillero who went missing during the war. Against his mother's wishes, he flings himself body and soul into the case, looking for truth and resilience.

"I was location scouting for a documentary film in a village called Uspantan, which was the site of a huge massacre during the military dictatorship. I was there to record the words of a family that had survived this tragedy. /.../ The testimonies of these villagers upset me deeply and awoke in me the desire to make a film about them, to speak of Guatemalan history with a capital H. /.../ I am overwhelmed by the strength of the survivors of the Guatemalan genocide. When one hears what these women went through, one cannot help but think that it would be enough to stifle anyone's will to live. But they forge ahead. It is a huge life lesson." (César Díaz)