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Absences (Ausencias)
A Film By Tatiana Huezo
Mexico/El Salvador, 2015, 26 minutes, Color, DVD, Spanish, Subtitled
Order No. W161178
ABSENCES, by award winning filmmaker Tatiana Huezo (The Tiniest Place), exposes the ever-intensifying phenomenon of enforced disappearance in Mexico. A boy and his father disappear one morning, snatched off the road by armed men. Left behind, alone with her daughter, Lulu, a victim who refuses to give in, decides to tell the unacceptable story: the unfillable void, the absence of loved ones, the unanswered questions and the suffocating silence. After 5 years, absence has her living in a limbo that gives way to desire, hope and the struggle to find her 9-year old son Brandon and her husband, alive. This hauntingly beautiful short film illuminates the way disappearance affects women, and broadens our awareness on disappearance and its social consequences in Mexico and Central America.


Guanajuato International Film Festival, Best Mexican Short Film Award
DocsDF/International Documentary Festival Mexico City, Winner, Best Short
Ariel Award, Best Documentary Short

  • Ambulante Film Festival
  • Visions du Reel International Documentary Film Festival
  • DOK Leipzig
  • Mexico City International Documentary Film Festival
  • Morelia International Film Festival
  • Montreal International Documentary Festival
  • Le Habana Film Festival

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    "A poignant film on a part of current Mexican history that must be told at all costs."
    Visions du Reel Film Festival

    "Tatiana Huezo visually translates Lulu’s story into a reality that shows the invisible: the feeling of absence – but also a path back to life."
    Lars Meyer
    DOK Leipzig

    "The attractiveness of this work resides in its subtlety, intensity, pulse, honesty, strength…AUSENCIAS and its purely personal edge, stands as an original proposal to reflect the uneasiness that harass us."
    Alberto Acuña Navarijo
    Traditional Cinema

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    Absences (Ausencias) is included in the following Special Collections.
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