Programmed by Éva Tourrent
Set to images crossing Mexico from Matamoros to Cancún is a blend of the voices of two women, both victims of the corruption and violence that are crippling an entire country. A young mother tells of her journey to Hell: wrongly accused of human trafficking, she’s incarcerated in a private prison controlled by the Gulf Cartel. Her story is interwoven with the tale of a circus performer whose daughter has been kidnapped by a gang.
2,000km by bus, the passengers’ faces, the brutality of a police checkpoint, the rain on the windows… We never see the face of the person telling the story, the story of thousands of “pagadores”, the innocent people thrown in prison whose families have to pay a ransom for their release. Torture, survival, insanity never far off and the question: just how far would you go to see your child again? In “Tempestad”, Tatiana Huezo takes her process of dissociating sound and image to the extreme. The images never illustrate the accounts. And there’s a reason – there are no images that can convey the horror experienced by these two women. A second feature-length documentary that deeply affects the viewer and reveals the turmoil of a country in the grip of extreme violence, where women are the first to suffer.
Tënk artistic director