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About Nuestras Madres: exhuming political violence

The traces of mass crimes never completely disappear. They defy time, denial and oblivion. In judicial or extra-judicial proceedings, by professionals or by families, human remains are searched for, exhumed and if possible identified. Beyond allowing people to grieve their loved ones, working on these bodies helps shed light on the criminals' modus operandi and provide clues that could be used, for example, to prove genocidal intent. This quest mobilizes the relationship between the living and the dead, and raises a number of questions, which are addressed here on the basis of Cesar Díaz's film Nuestras Madres, awarded at the last Cannes Film Festival.

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Thursday 12 March

18:30

Espace Pitoëff - Théâtre

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Co-presented with the Law Faculty of the University of Geneva (UNIGE), in the framework of the Trilogy "Exhuming political violence" organized by Sévane Garibian, the International Solidarity Service of the State of Geneva (SSI) and Peace Brigades Interna

Introduction

Maria-Jesus Alonso Lormand Head of the International Solidarity Service of the State of Geneva (SSI)

Speakers

Corsin Blumenthal Program officer dealing with the past, swisspeace

César Díaz Filmmaker (skype)

Tony Fracasso Head of the Forensic medicine unit, University center of legal medicine, Lausanne-Geneva

Moderated by

Sévane Garibian FNS Professor, Faculty of Law, UNIGE

Competition - Fiction

Our Mothers

by César Diaz

Guatemala, 2018.  As the country lives through the transitional justice trials, Ernesto, a young forensic anthropologist, believes he has found the trail of his father who disappeared during the war and whom he has never known. He plunges headlong in search of the truth, at the risk of unearthing ghosts of times past. In this debut film, awarded at the Cannes Film Festival, César Díaz immerses us in a powerful and masterful work dedicated to "our mothers", those women who have always refused to remain silent. A great filmmaker is born. 

Cinema release 15 April 2020

  • Section: Competition - Fiction
  • Original language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English & French

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Director(s)

César Diaz

Writer(s)

César Díaz

Distributor

  • trigon-film

Production

  • need production
  • Perspective Films

Cinematographer

  • Virginie Surdej

Music

  • Rémi Boubal

Sound

  • Gilles Bernardeau
  • Emmanuel De Boissieu
  • Vincent Nouaille

Duration

78'

Production country

Belgium, France & Guatemala

Status

Swiss Premiere


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