Our friends from London Mexico Solidarity are hositing the film screening of To See you Again (Volverte a ver – Carolina Corral Paredes, 2020. 90 min), followed by a conversation on Human Rights and the movement against disappearances in Mexico.
Friday 16 September 2022 18:00
United Voices of the World – Pelican House 140 Cambridge Heath Road London E1 5QJ
Free event. Donations welcome at the door down to £0. Register here
On the night of 26 September 2014, students from the rural teacher training school of Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, southwest Mexico, were ambushed in a coordinated attack by different police forces, criminal unions and the army. 3 students and 3 bystanders were killed. 43 students were illegally detained and never presented to any authority. Their whereabouts have been unknown since then, being legally considered victims of enforced disappearance. Determined to find their children, the parents of the 43 met with the federal authorities’ faulty investigation and their continuous revictimization.
The case mobilised national and international solidarity with the parents of the 43 and brought attention to the estimated number of 30 000 people disappeared in the aftermath of the first decade of the wrongly called ‘war on drugs’ declared by the Mexican government in 2006. This number has increased to an estimated of 100 000 according to official figures, with more than 2 000 women disappearing only in 2022.
Ahead of the anniversary of Ayotzinapa, London Mexico Solidarity is showcasing the documentary film ‘To See you Again’ (Volverte a ver), which offers a glimpse into the lives of the relatives of disappeared people and their relentless struggle for their safe return home. Following a group of women in Morelos, central Mexico, looking for their loved ones, ‘To See you Again’ illuminates both the systematic responsibility of the State to prevent, solve and punish the disappearances and the relatives’ struggle for truth and justice.
This screening will be followed by a conversation on Human Rights and the crisis of enforced disappearances in Mexico in the running up to the 8th anniversary of Ayotzinapa.
To See You Again
Synopsis: While Lina, Angy and Edith were searching for their disappeared daughters and relatives in Morelos, Mexico, they discovered that the District Attorney secretly buried more than 200 bodies who were murdered during a failed war against crime, which actually targets civilians. The film follows their training in forensic tasks and their participation at the exhumation of the bodies, for the disappeared to return home. Their findings reveal a breathtaking reality: the Mexican authorities are involved in disappearances by secretly burying people in hidden common graves.
– Doors will open from17:30.
– Screening at 18:00
– Conversation on enforced disappearances and human rights from 19:30 to 20:30.
* London Mexico Solidarity is a Zapatista supporting group. Part of the Zapatista Solidarity Network in the UK. We thank United Voices of the World for making the space available for this event.