There's No Peace for the Families of Mexico's Missing Students
Nov 17, 2016
Field of Vision
The story is, by now, well-known: In September of 2014, a group of college students traveling by bus were attacked and kidnapped in Iguala, Mexico. The 43 young men, all students from Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers' College haven’t been seen since. They Took Them Alive is a new documentary that charts the frustrations of the failed and stifled investigation of the students who vanished, with an intimate focus on the families of the missing. For their friends and loved ones, justice has been out of reach and closure is elusive. "A missing person, as long as they haven't turned up dead, is still missing. With death comes resignation. But this doesn't let you live," says Mayra, the aunt of a student named Christian. “We have hope that we'll find them. Because if we give up or say, 'They must be dead by now,' it's like killing them ourselves.”
They Took Them Alive was produced by Field of Vision, and directed by Emily Pederson.
Author: Nadine Ajaka
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