Oscar award-winning Mexican director Guillermo del Toro seeks to raise awareness about the "lack of justice" in the case of 43 students who disappeared in 2014 in the state of Guerrero, southern Mexico.
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The director will film and released a documentary – which will air on TV UNAM – at the 33rd edition of the Guadalajara International Film Festival to highlight the disappearance of the students.
Producer and del Toro collaborator Bertha Navarro added that the documentary will "create awareness and not forget, giving voice to those who no longer talk about something as painful as the Ayotzinapa case."
The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), which will produce the feature with del Toro, said in a statement that the feature aims to convey “the pain and lack of justice” meted out before the “forced disappearance of 43 students of the Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa, Guerrero” on September 26, 2014.
The Guadalajara native was greeted warmly, fresh off collecting two coveted trophies at the recent Academy Awards ceremony; best director and best picture for “The Shape of Water.”
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De Toro addressed a group of young people at the Mexican film week event with a message of hope as well as furnishing criticism towards the U.S. immigration policy of President Donald Trump.
“There is a reason why I am here today: young people… The last five years have been very hard, in many ways. I have choked the current moment like many people. In these times, hope is scarce. I needed an ointment for the soul,” El Pais reported.