Inspired by true events, Thea Civil tells the story of Cielo, a mother in search of her daughter, abducted by a criminal cartel in Northern Mexico. As the authorities fail to offer support in the search, Cielo takes matters into her own hands. She begins her investigation and earns the trust and sympathy of Lamarque, an unconventional army Lieutenant working in the region. He agrees to help Cielo in her search, as her research data could be useful to his operations as well. Cielo’s collaboration with Lamarque will pull her further into a vicious cycle of violence. Instead of sensationalizing its subject matter, the film sheds light into socio-historical reasons behind the reasons of country’s crisis.
Teodora Ana Mihai (Bucharest) studied film at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. She started working in the industry as a script supervisor and assistant director. After directing her debut documentary Waiting for August, awarded with over ten international prizes Teodora recently directed her first fiction feature, The Civil.