The Guardian of Memory

  • Mexico
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Selected by Anthony Groussard, Programming Coordinator at DocsMX, for Recommended By...Festivals, a partnership with 11 film festivals from across both North and South America. With this collaboration we chart a course all along the map of the Americas as well as through the contemporary documentary scene.

"The narrative and shocking stories create a captivating documentary which describes the injustice, impunity and horror, stories of broken dreams and disappeared happiness but the overall metaphor of memory is encouraging. The portrait of the Guadalupe community, their destroyed and displaced families, shares a terrifying vision and at the same time transmits a positive message toward seeking justice, hope and shows a collective force and intention to break the cycle of violence in Mexico." - Anthony Groussard

While systematic killings have been going on in Mexico, covered or perpetrated by Mexican government, Carlos Spector, an immigration lawyer in El Paso, Texas, is fighting to obtain political asylum for Mexicans fleeing from violence. The film tells about the need of survivors and their legal spokesperson, Carlos Spector, to rebuild a broken country, to not end up with only the dead, to not lose their memories. To survive in exile.

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  • Original title
    El guardián de la memoria
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Marcela Arteaga
  • DOP
    Axel Pedraza
  • Editing
    Javier Campos
  • Music
    Alvaro Ruiz Mayagoitia
  • Sound
    Rodrigo Merolla, Pablo Tamez, Lena Esquenazi, Pablo Fernández
  • Duration
    93 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Mexico
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • Hot Docs
    • Bergen International Film Festival, Norway
    • DocsMx, Mexico
    • Margaret Mead Film Festival, New York, USA
    • Morelia International Film Festival, Mexico
    • Festival de Cine Latino Minneapolis St Paul, USA
    • Rencontres du Cinéma Latinoaméricain, Bordeaux, France
    • Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena de Indias, Cartagena, Colombia
    • Movies that Matter Film Festival, The Hague, Netherlands
    • World Fest Houston, Houston, EUA
    • Rastro Documentary Film Festival, Brasilia, Brasil
    • DOQUMENTA Festival Internacional de Cine, Querétaro, México
    • Hola Mexico Film Festival, Los Angeles, California, USA
    • Viva Mexico Rencontres Cinématographiques, Paris, FR
    • KDocsFF, Social Justice Film Festival, Vancouver, Canadá
    • ADHC Biennale, Annecy, France
  • Awards
    • Mexican Academy Award Ariel 2020 - BEST DOCUMENTARY
    • DocsMx, Mexico, 2019 - BEST DOCUMENTARY AWARD
    • Morelia International Film Festival, Mexico, 2019 - BEST DOCUMENTARY AWARD
    • World Fest Houston - REMI AWARD Gold
    • DOQUMENTA Festival Internacional de Cine, Querétaro, México - Jury’s Mention
    • Pantalla de Cristal Film Magazine Awards, Mexico City - Best Documentary, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Narrative Aesthetic Proposal, Best Cinematography is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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