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The Room of Bones (El Cuarto de los Huesos)
Mexico/El Salvador, 2015, 61 minutes, Color, DVD, Spanish, Subtitled
Order No. W161177
THE ROOM OF BONES follows the passage of four mothers in the Institute for Legal Medicine as they search for their children’s remains in the midst of three decades of social violence in El Salvador. Across Mexico and Central America, the last twenty years have been plagued by a meteoric and troubling rise in desaparecidos, or missing persons. Mass murder has become all too common, and the identity of the perpetrators remains unknown as the relationship between governments, gangs, and other criminal organizations is shrouded in mystery. As civil and legal systems have failed to thoroughly investigate the crisis, families of victims are left to seek closure and justice on their own. Salvadoran filmmaker Marcela Zamora profiles a group of forensic anthropologists in her home country tasked with the noble but gruesome work of unearthing human remains and matching them with names of desaparecidos. The result is a harrowing portrait of a region in crisis.


DocsBarcelona, Amnesty International Award and Special Mention from the Jury

  • Margaret Mead Film Festival
  • Ambulante Film Festival
  • Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival
  • Costa Rica Film Festival
  • Icaro Film Festival
  • Panorama Brasil
  • International Film Festival & Forum on Human Rights, Geneva

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    “The Room of Bones is a necessary work that provides testimony to the catastrophic legacies of violence that continue to plague El Salvador… This work makes the bold claim that, however harrowing, these images and these voices must form part of our public awareness.”
    Paulina Suarez
    Ambulante Film Festival

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    The Room of Bones (El Cuarto de los Huesos) is included in the following Special Collections.
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