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Tempestad

Tempestad is an emotional, contemplative journey told through the voice-over of two Mexican women victimized by their country’s corruption and injustice.

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A group of innocent people is charged with human trafficking and thrown into prison. The authorities announce they’ve dealt a blow to organised crime; the public is reassured. ‘Pagadores’ are what the victims of such procedures are called in Mexico. In this documentary, Tatiana Huezo has a young mother recount her journey through hell: innocent, robbed of her liberty, she’s handed over to those for whom she’s being made to atone – in a private prison controlled by the Gulf Cartel.
TEMPESTAD is a road movie: 2000 kilometres by bus from Matamoros to Cancún, through a blustery, overcast, bleak country. Inspections by martial-looking men armed to the teeth, omnipresent fear. A country mired in an invisible war whose front lines are equally invisible. The viewer never sees the protagonist but just hears her voice. The images create space for our own imagination and help us digest the monstrosity of the account.

On Sunday, professor Wiel Pansters (UU) will introduce the film (in English).

Tatiana Huezo, Mexico, 2018, 90 min. Spanish spoken, English subtitles.
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