Tempestad presents the parallel stories of two women victimized by corruption in Mexico. In this lyrical documentary, the two subjects' voices echo over the landscape and highways of Mexico, moving from north to south. They describe how official injustice allowed violence to take control of their lives, desires, and dreams. The film conveys the paralyzing power of fear: fear as a sickness that prevents you from taking a stand on your future and the future of your children, and which clouds your ability to dream and grow.
Miriam, one of the film's two subjects, was arrested at her workplace and accused, without proof, of human trafficking. The violence she suffered and was exposed to during her imprisonment has left a profound gap in her life. Adela works as a clown in a traveling circus. Ten years ago, her life was irreversibly transformed when her daughter disappeared; every night during the show, she evokes her missing child.
Director Tatiana Huezo will join UCSB Professor of Film & Media Studies Cristina Venegas for a post-screening Q&A.