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DC Labor FilmFest Screening: IDENTIFYING FEATURES plus livestream Q&A

Expired April 1, 2021 3:00 AM
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Click here to watch our Q&A with director, screenwriter and producer Fernanda Valadez and screenwriter and producer Astrid Rondero, recorded during the 2020 AFI Latin American Film Festival.


It has been months since Magdalena has heard from her son after he left Guanajuato to go find work in the United States. Local authorities are pushing her to sign a death certificate, but she is not ready to give up hope. With the deck stacked against her, Magdalena journeys on her own across a beautiful and often dangerous Mexico. After some close calls, she runs into the recently deported Miguel, about the same age as her son and on a solo journey of his own. The two join forces to help each other find their missing loved ones and hopefully get closure once and for all. In her feature debut, writer-director Fernanda Valadez tackles the topic of the migrant crisis with this stunningly assured, lyrical thriller that expertly builds tension through the emotional journey of a mother who will stop at nothing to find her son. Winner, World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award and Best Screenplay, 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Official Selection, 2020 New Directors/New Films, Karlovy Vary and AFI Latin American film festivals.


Courtesy of Kino Lorber.

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    95 minutes
  • Language
    Spanish
  • Country
    Mexico, Spain
  • Rating
    NOT RATED
  • Note
    With English subtitles.
  • Director
    Fernanda Valadez
  • Screenwriter
    Fernanda Valadez, Astrid Rondero
  • Producer
    Fernanda Valadez, Astrid Rondero, Jack Zagha Kababie, Yossy Zagha
  • Cast
    Mercedes Hernández, David Illescas, Juan Jesús Varela