Portraits of a Search

Natividad, Guadalupe and Margarita’s children have vanished into thin air, leaving them among the thousands of mothers who are victims of the senseless drug wars in Mexico. With each missing person, a family is left behind in a desperate search to get answers from a government that is suspiciously ambivalent.

Director Alicia Calderón courageously captures the harrowing stories of three women. One constantly retraces the last steps of her son, combing empty fields for his body. Another gives up on her own government and travels all the way to Washington, DC, to plead for US intervention while the third simply tries to forget the emptiness and raise her now-motherless grandson. These women’s stories are among the many that stand for truth and justice for the 26,000 missing people in Mexico today. A portrait of modern Mexico.


  • Year: 2014
  • Duration: 52 & 74 mins
  • Production:
  • Available Versions: ENG, ESP
  • Country of production: Mexico



  • Best Documentary Award in the Women category at Festival Voces Contra el Silencio (Mexico), Hot Docs, Sheffield Film Festival, FIPA, Thessaloniki, Ambulante, Altrove, Cinélatino Rencontres de Toulouse, Cinéma Sud-Américain de Marseille, FEM Cine, American Documentary Film Festival, Santo Antonio Cine Festival, Festival Internacional de Cine y Derechos Humanos, Muestra de Cine Memoria y Verdad, Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia 2014, Zanate de Cine y Video Documental 2014, Cine de San Cristóbal de las Casas 2015.

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