‘Ayotzinapa, the Turtle’s Pace’ joins Time of History

‘Ayotzinapa, el paso de la tortuga’ by Enrique García Meza

10/11/2018.- A new film has been selected to compete in the documentary section Time of History: the Mexican documentary Ayotzinapa, the Turtle’s Pace (Ayotzinapa, el paso de la tortuga), directed by Enrique García Meza and co-produced by Guillermo del Toro.

Following the kidnapping of 43 students from Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ College in Mexico, the pain of the other pupils, parents and others involved was patent, as they reflected on the intimate bonds linking them and the importance of solidarity. Their pain, hope and the absence of justice brought them visibility around the world. Now it is they who want to let us know that we’re not alone.

The documentary features the stories of those who witnessed their classmates being attacked, as well as comments from the families talking about each of the young people: their plans, their mindsets and the reasons why they decided to study at the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers’ College in Ayotzinapa. The film also collects statements from journalists who have decided to investigate the case, presenting their arguments on the kidnapping of the students and the role which the Mexican State has played in attempting to conceal the truth.

Enrique García Meza has worked in the production of films, advertising campaigns, soap operas, television and radio for more than 25 years. For more than 12 years now, he has organised the cinema workshop series ‘Producir es Cosa de Todas y Todos’ in rural and semi-urban communities in the country, in which children, young people and adults produce their own short films. He also directed the television series ‘Los niños cuentan’, a production by Bertha Navarro and Canal Once (IPN).

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