Persistencia
a film by Anne Huffschmid and Jan-Holger Hennies

Human bodies don’t simply disappear. They were kidnapped, buried, broken into pieces. But they are also searched for, recovered and if forensic experts achieve the unlikely, reconstructed as persons. These only return to their homes if they are identified as dead. An audiovisual journey through Mexico’s landscapes of disappearance, between mass graves and fragments, affected families and forensic anthropologists. In search for the human that remains, against the odds.

Idea, research, script: Anne Huffschmid
Direction and audiovisual concept: Anne Huffschmid and Jan-Holger Hennies
Camera, sound, editing: Jan-Holger Hennies
Sound design: Adriana Álvarez
Color grading: Rubén Castillo Pescina
Camera 2013: Thomas Walther

Artwork: Mariana Castillo Deball

With financial support by: Brot für die Welt (mit Mitteln des Kirchlichen Entwicklungsdienstes), Deutsche Stiftung Friedensforschung, Heinrich Böll Stiftung Ciudad de México, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, VolkswagenStiftung

A production within the research project “Forensic Landscapes” (Anne Huffschmid, Freie Universität Berlin)
54 minutes, Spanish with English and German subtitles

Mexico / Germany 2019

In Mexico, the film can be streamed at Docs en Línea by DocsMX.

For those who would like to screen the documentary for non-profit, activist, or educational purposes, we would be pleased to share the (password-protected) vimeo-link. Please contact Anne Huffschmid and/or Jan-Holger Hennies.