Our Mothers

Guatemala, 2018. The whole country is immersed in the trial of the soldiers who sparked the civil war. Victim statements come one after another. Ernesto is a young anthropologist working for the Forensic Foundation; his job is to identify the mis­sing. One day, while hearing the account of an old woman, he thinks he has found a lead that might guide him to his father, a guerrillero who went missing during the war.

“… Ernesto does not try to heal the living, but the memory of the dead, by finding and identifying them. Motivated by a sense of solidarity, his commitment to the cause is strongly concerned with the community at large, But he is nevertheless brought to use it for a personal cause. When his mother, surrounded by many other women, is about to testify at a crucial hearing for the recognition of the crimes committed by the army and the people in power, a clue leads him to the alleged grave of his father. There, he meets dignified and strong women, who remind him of the one he already knows… Shaken up by this discovery, he is about to rewrite a fundamental page of his personal history.”

Aurore Engelen

Belçika Fransa Guatemala
77'
2019

Director
César Diaz

Script
César Díaz

Awards
Cannes Camera d’Or
Chicago Silver Hugo
Cine de Santander Best Film
Critic’s Week-Cannes SACD Award
Namur Critics’ Award
Ostend Best Photography
Pingyao Crouching Tigers Best Film

Festivals
25th Festival on Wheels
Around the World