THE GUARDIAN OF MEMORY
MEXICO I 2019 I COLOR I 93 MIN. I SPANISH, ENGLISH
Is there a story in The Guardian of Memory? Yes, there is a story, and it is this: a man, Carlos Spector, is a lawyer who tries to get the US government to grant asylum to Mexican people fleeing their territory because of the violence generated by the so-called war on drug trafficking. But in Marcela Arteaga’s most recent documentary there is more than just a story. In the middle of the desert, in broad daylight, a circular mirror reflects the vigorous blue of the sky overshadowed by clouds; right there, in the middle of nowhere, a cluster of clothes, on a clothesline, disappears after being eaten by fire. There are also demolished houses. And all kinds of objects (toys, pans, backpacks, glasses, clothes, photographs…) that once belonged to someone but never will again. The Guardian of Memory exposes one of the most terrible realities lived in recent years in Mexico through a series of paradoxically beautiful images that revolve around concepts such as memory, oblivion and violence, but also courage and bravery. A shocking movie. Threatening. Simply extraordinary.
Review by: Abel Cervantes
Marcela Arteaga | Mexico City, 1965
He studied a Bachelor´s degree in Producing at the Cinematographic Training Center. The short film Del otro lado del mar (1994), which was his graduate work, received several awards including a special mention at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Recuerdos (2003), his first feature film, won the FIPRESCI prize of the Mexican competition at the Guadalajara International Film Festival. He recently won the best documentary award at the Morelia International Film Festival for El guardián de la memoria.