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Tatiana Huezo
Screening time  
03.03. / Friday, 17:00 - 19:00 Theatre 2  
The emotional journeys of two women victimized by corruption and injustice in Mexico and a story about love, dignity and resistance that allowed them to survive.

An ordinary lazy morning somewhere in southern Mexico. Several local residents are suddenly arrested, accused of human trafficking, and are taken to a prison at the other end of the country. Officials declare that they have dealt another blow to organised crime. But what if the prisoners are innocent and the criminals are walking free? The parallel stories of two women bring to light the practices of powerful cartels which turn ordinary citizens into wary animals, while the authorities merely look on in silence. One of the witnesses portrayed is Miriam, who was wrongfully convicted and whose 2,000 km journey home from prison is reconstructed in this reflective documentary film; the other is the traumatised Adela, whose daughter was abducted years earlier. In her second feature-length film, Tatiana Huezo focuses once again on the systematic perpetration of injustice and delivers a stifling emotional account of an invisible civil war in which the chief weapon—terror—is paralyzing society.


Tatiana Huezo

Tatiana Huezo, born in 1972, San Salvador, El Salvador, grew up in Mexico, where she studied at the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica in Mexico City; she earned her master’s degree in documentary filmmaking at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. She has been making short films since late the 1990s. Her feature-length documentary debut The Tiniest Place (2011) achieved singular international success. Tempestad is her second feature.

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2016, 105'

Directed by:
Tatiana Huezo

Screenplay by:
Tatiana Huezo

Ernesto Pardo

Edited by:
Lucrecia Gutiérrez Maupomé, Tatiana Huezo

Leonardo Heiblum, Jacobo Lieberman

Nicolás Celis, Sebastián Celis

Produced by:
Pimienta Films, Cactus Films, Terminal

Festivals & Awards:

Berlin International Film Festival 2016; International Film Festival Karlovy Vary 2016; Sheffield Doc/Fest 2016; Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2016; International Film Festival WATCH DOCS 2016; Haifa International Film Festival 2016; Cork Film Festival 2016; Document Film Festival 2016; Costa Rica Film Festival 2016; DOCUMENTAMADRID 2016