Nunca Mas Hermanos

Eleonora Gasparotto Nascimben | Italy & Mexico | 2017 | 24 mins

Nunca Mas Hermanos Synopsis

Nunca Mas Hermanos explores the injustices that the Mexican people have endured in recent history, from the 90,000 people who were killed during the Civil War to the over 32,000 people who have disappeared since 2006.

The film explores the complex situation which exists between the citizens of a country and the reality they face on a daily basis, which includes violence and injustices committed against the Mexican people by the government, the Narcos Cartels and other forces that be. The film tells a story of a fragmented country that lives in terror while it seeks the truth of its people and their freedom for a better future.

About the Filmmaker

Eleonora Gasparotto Nascimben, born 7 April 1994, graduated at Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. In 2014, she worked with Teleambiente to realize a TV format on the indie and underground Italian cinema. In the same year, MARGHERA, her short film, won the COSPE’s Prize (Human Rights) and it participated in many events like the Venice Film Festival, Festival International du Film d’Amien, and Terra di Tutti i Festival.

Two years later, she left for Nigeria to realize EKO, a documentary about Italian people who go to Africa searching for a job – this was later presented in Locarno 70. In 2017 she created NUNCA MAS HERMANOS, a documentary about the tragic situation in Mexico. She won the national prize, FuoriRotta, to realize a documentary about the last European tribe: Sami. Since 2013 she started collaborating with web sites, newspapers and journals like Messaggero Veneto, Verifica Incerta (editor Visioni Italiane), and Redazione Italia.

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April 2015. During the International Journalism Festival of Perugia, the periodista, Anabel Hernandez, told the upsetting and senseless episode of Ayotzinapa: In the night of 26 September 42, normalistas disappeared mysteriously. The Mexican government said that Narcos were the culprits, but in reality the military kidnapped the boys. Two years later, we gathered information, witnesses, sources and documents to define a switchboard of the situation.

However, we encountered difficulties as there were those who were afraid to confess or preferred silence. Amidst this complicated background, many journalists and activists around the world try to fight the imposed silence from Mexican federal democracy. A struggle against idolatry that includes thousands of people like the Syrian and Middle Eastern conflicts, although the Mexican struggle rarely appears in international media.

These reasons are the foundations of our short film. At the beginning of the documentary project, we realized the risks that we could run into. Still, we understood that it was the right way though we have to tell something with independent means. We found some Mexican people who lived in Italy after suffering the tragic situation provoked by a silenced civil war. In Mexico, there are people aware of their own culture, and they are ready to sacrifice their lives for the survival of their ideals.

They carry on an extreme fight that causes a division between those who surrender and those who never cease to believe in the possibility of building a different future for their country. They are Zapatistas, the Maestros of Escuela Rural, the campesinos, the periodistas, the activists and the mujeres who are finally employing a stronger role in Mexican masked society. The cast is almost all female for this reason.

The mise-en-scène has a bottom of truth. It extrapolated from the multitude of research and events, thanks to those who brought testimonies and acted as sources of information. We decided to mix a fiction story with many different archival materials.

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