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La libertad del diablo

Devil's Freedom

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In the past five years the battle against drug crime in Mexico has claimed the lives of an estimated 100,000 people. If one were to count the children, wives and husbands, parents and friends of the deceased then the figure increases to around 400,000 victims. But statistics remain abstract and the terrible news with which Mexico begins each new day has long since become a part of everyday life. This film looks into the stories behind the numbers and headlines. The faces of the interviewees are hidden in order to preserve their anonymity. All of them are wearing masks so that we cannot see their emotions, but we sense them all the more. Victims and perpetrators are able to take their time to express themselves in front of Everardo González’s patient camera. Time and again the moment arrives when they become fully aware of their emotions and yield to their pain, or face up to the barbarity of the crimes they have committed. Their detailed, shocking testimonials are interspersed with episodes from everyday life. In this way, a portrait of a society emerges that is governed by fear and deep insecurity.

Everardo González

Mexico 2017


Documentary form
74 min · Colour


Written and directed by
Everardo González
Director of Photography
María Secco
Paloma López Carrillo
Quincas Moreira
Sound Design
Matías Barberis
Bernat Fortiana
Production Manager
Arturo Malacara
Robert Garza, Inna Payán
Simón Bross, Beto Bross
Bross al cuadrado, Mexiko-Stadt


Everardo González

The Mexican director, producer and cinematographer is recognised as one of the most important voices in Latin American documentary. His films have screened at festivals including the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam and in Toulouse, Locarno, Montreal, Sarajevo, Guadalajara and Morelia.


2003 La canción del pulque 2007 Los ladrones viejos 2011 Cuates de Australia · El cielo abierto 2015 El Paso 2017 La libertad del diablo (Devil's Freedom)

Produced by

Mexiko-Stadt, Mexico

Animal de Luz Films
Mexiko-Stadt, Mexico

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