‘Until We Found This is, more than a complaint, “a living memory.” the documentary film in the form of short film describes a bit of the tireless search for the families of missing people and won the award Oscar for students, in the category documentary film of the United States Academy.
In the film production directed by Jean Chapiro Uziel, two young people from Veracruz participated with Rafael Arcos in charge of sound, and César Chiquito in photography and production, who on October 24 will receive the award from the Student Academy Awards; yes, from the academy that gives the Oscars.
In an interview for IMAGEN DEL GOLFO, the filmmaker in charge of the sound, Rafael Arcos, stated that, in less than 30 minutes, in the short film format, it documentary film tells a little about what families of missing people face if not.
Yes, the issue that has shaken thousands of families in Mexico with a problem that has worsened since 2006 with the disappearance of people, which is mentioned in reports and background journalistic information, “until we found them”, along with “how it is told, intends to continue to shed light on these types of stories. “It doesn’t hurt at all.”
At the same time, the documentary film-short film has the intention of showing a bit of tireless search, to raise awareness and, although it is not a complaint, the film aims to be “a living memory” Rafael emphasized.
The idea of the Mexican director, Jean Chapiro Uziel, was born after meeting Araceli Salcedo, a searching mother, and member of a group from the region of Orizaba-Córdoba, in the state of Veracruz. Chapiro is a master’s student in journalism at Columbia University.
“Until We Found Them “is about thousands of people across the country who continue to search for their loved ones. Especially for mothers who don’t rest until their children are found.
In the case of Araceli Salcedo, Three years after his daughter Rubí disappeared in Orizaba, Veracruz, he decided to create a collective in his community. Today the group has more than 350 members, of which 90% are mothers. Together they managed to find 15 people alive, brought home 71 bodies, and found 53 hidden graves last year. However, most of these mothers never found their children, he said. until we found them”.
“Some relatives of missing people find comfort in the dolls created or dressed in the clothes of their loved ones, and this is also one of the aspects described in Until we found them”.
– What is the most difficult thing about making this production cinematic?
-“As long as you find them it will take less than 30 minutes.s, which is the format of a short film, is a very sensitive subject that affects many families in missing people (…) In-depth interviews were conducted with relatives of missing people each one lasted approximately an hour and a half so that there was enough material to cut to make an effective message (…) but then the difficult thing was to accurately describe the short time – not much more in half an hour- that reality that so many families live although we have a method of directing since filming.”
“In my case, I did a good job, recording all the audio details of the interviews and finding, in real environments, where the families had their experiences (…) What allowed the documentary film “It makes sense to see people in their homes, around them, with their dolls.”
-The issue of whether creators, and artists, should work with a socially responsible approach, what do you think about it? , especially on topics as sensitive as this
“With this film, we aim to raise awareness to and call for reflection from society and also, yes, from the authorities, although this is not a complaint but a living memory (…) Hopefully, it will also serve other young people film students, and other creators, who seek to show these truths to many families (…) I hope this will serve to encourage many young filmmakers to continue (…) until we find them It’s a lucky production because it’s a well-received film and we’ve already been informed about its award from the Academy, from the United States, to be delivered on October 24″.
-Where to watch the short film-documentary film?
-¨After the awards on October 24 -the Student Academy Awards- some festivals will be announced in which the short film will be shown” said Rafael Arcos, for the readers of IMAGEN DEL GOLFO.
“until we found them”Keeps the memory alive and, although it’s not a complaint, it also seeks to put less pressure on the authorities and security forces as well as to create sensitivity among society, in front of the fact that these many families of missing people affected by violence.
DOLLS, TO HURT THE LEFT
“Many of the mothers, one of the mechanisms that they emotionally cope with these losses, are dolls; They make dolls of their missing people and sometimes dress them in their clothes.it’s an emotional support, they talk to them to solve the small loss that is often violent in all cases,” said Rafael, a filmmaker from Veracruz who managed the award-winning sound. documentary film which contributes to the issue of missing people not only to recognize and raise awareness in the state and the country, but also abroad.
A doll is the proper symbol of “until we found them”, those dolls that help a little embrace those who don’t for whom they are tirelessly sought.