THE GUARDIAN OF MEMORY
(El guardián de la memoria)

The Guardian of Memory tells the story of Mexican men, women, and children seeking safety in the US.  Carlos Spector, an immigration lawyer born in El Paso, TX, fights to obtain political asylum for Mexicans fleeing extreme violence. This is the story about the kindness and hope that still exists in people who endured tremendous suffering, and Carlos Spector’s tireless efforts to help them.

Mientras que sistemáticamente el Estado mexicano cubre o perpetra crimenes, Carlos Spector, abogado de migración en Texas, lucha por obtener asilo político para mexicanos que huyen por la violencia.


Haciendo énfasis en lo visual, la película pone sobre la mesa no sólo lo que Carlos Spector llama “crímen autorizado” por el Estado y aprovechado por empresarios y carteles, sino también la complicidad que existe entre México y Estados Unidos con respecto a la violencia.


Esta es la historia de los sobrevivientes que decidieron dejar de ser víctimas y la lucha personal de Spector por reconstruir un país fracturado, por no quedarnos sólo con los muertos, por preservar la memoria para sobrevivir al exilio y para que la tragedia no se repita.

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HONORS AND AWARDS

2020 Mexican Academy Award Winner Best Feature Length Documentary

World Premiere – Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival

Winner Best Documentary – DocsMx, Mexico

Winner Best Documentary – Morelia International Film Festival, Mexico

Winner Remi Award Best Docu-Drama World Fest Houston, Texas

 

FESTIVALS & SPECIAL SCREENINGS

Official Selection – Bergen International Film Festival, Norway

Official Selection – Margaret Mead Film Festival, New York

Official Selection – Cine Latino Film Festival, Minneapolis St Paul

Official Selection – Havana Film Festival, Cuba

Official Selection – The Latin American Film Festival of Bordeaux, France

Official Selection – The Cartagena Film Festival (FICCI), Cartagena, Colombia.

Official Selection – Movies that Matter Film Festival, The Hague, Netherlands

Official Selection – DOQUMENTA International Documentary Film Festival, Mexico

Official Selection – Rastro Documentary Film Festival, Brasilia, Brazil

Official Selection – Hola Mexico Film Festival, Los Angeles, California,

Official Selection – Viva Mexico Rencontres Cinématographiques, Paris, France

Carlos Spector
Director Marcela Arteaga & Crew
The Mexican/US Border
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THE FILMMAKER
 

Marcela Arteaga graduated from Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica. Remembrance, her first feature documentary film, received support from the Rockefeller Foundation and received the FIPRESCI Prize for Best Mexican Film at the Guadalajara IFF, México, and the Jury’s Special Award at the Guanajuato IFF and the Festival of Málaga.

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