I Called For You In SilenceI Called For You In Silence
(2022)
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I Called For You In Silence

A mother leads Las Rastreadoras de El Fuerte, a collective of women searching for their disappeared children in Sinaloa's desert.

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Naming in the Silence is part of Mexican documentaries that helps make visible the struggle of groups throughout the country in search of missing persons. In this case, we follow the group of mothers known as Rastreadoras de El Fuerte, who go out to look for the remains of their children on their own when authorities are absent in northern Sinaloa. A first feature by director José María Espinosa, this production was nominated for an Ariel Award.

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On July 14th, 2014, Roberto Corrales disappeared. His mother, Mirna Nereida, reached out to the authorities and asked for help, but her request was met with refusal. In the absence of authority and rule of law, Mirna founded Las Rastreadoras de El Fuerte, a collective of women who go to the desert in Sinaloa with pickaxes and shovels in search of their disappeared children. For years, they have endured violence, abuse from government authorities, who are often colluded with organized crime groups, as well as society’s indifference. I Called for You in Silence takes an intimate look at the Rastreadoras daily struggle and their efforts to keep hope alive to continue searching for their loved ones.

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