Ernesto (Armando Espitia) will address all the women who are no longer able to suffer in silence and want to witness the massacres of the civil war.
July 16, 2020
Updated 17 July 2020 to 4h16
Our mothers: the resilience of survivors of a massacre ****
CRITICISM / César Diaz has taken a variety of paths (writer, editor, documentary filmmaker…) before making his first fiction feature film. And he didn’t miss his shot. Our mothers (Nuestras madres), Camera d’or at Cannes in 2019, is a powerful film and stirring on the resilience of survivors of genocide in Guatemala by promoting a speech intimate and humanistic rather than the load satiric works.
That one is not mistaken there: the tribute of the filmmaker to his people, denouncing the massacres committed by the military. The fact to be implied does not detract from the strike force! And it has the great merit to update a civil war, unknown which, however, has made 200 000 victims and 45 000 people missing in this tiny country in central America.
Ernesto (Armando Espitia), the main protagonist of Our mothers, also, one evening, these awful words: “In this country, you are either crazy, or drunk.” We’re in 2018 and the young anthropologist balance between the two, in a society haunted by the violent past.
Like many people of his age, his father is part of the “missing policies” and Cristina (Emma Dib) broods in silence because, suspects there, his mother is one of those who have suffered torture and rape repeatedly.
He spends most of his time to identify the victims in the local cemetery when Nicolasa (Aurelia Caal) is advanced to its Foundation medico-legal. The day before maya wants it to dig a common grave to dig up his Mateo.