|Image is a poster for the film by Julian Elie.|
The Digie Zone Network
March 29, 2019
An activist who was granted U.S. asylum after receiving an onslaught of death threats for denouncing women's murders in Mexico, was threatened recently in connection with her scheduled appearance as a panelist for the April 3 screening of "Dark Suns" in El Paso, Texas.
Marisela Ortiz, the activist, is co-founder of Nuestras Hijas de Regreso a Casa, an advocacy organization that was devoted to exposing women's murders in Juarez, Mexico.
She confirmed that she received messages via social media, and plans to report them to the police. "I can't make it anyway, but I wish the film producers every success ," said Ortiz, who is based in El Paso.
Filming for the monochrome documentary "Dark Suns"/"Soleils Noirs/"Soles Oscuros" already took place in various regions of Mexico and in West Texas and Southern New Mexico.
The film garnered Grand Prize for Best Canadian Feature at the 2018 Montreal International Documentary Festival. IMDB.com describes the film as "An epic investigation into countless murders in Mexico. Presented in chapters, the film unfolds methodically through unsettling testimonials, sketching a portrait of an entire country transformed into a gigantic mass grave thanks to a climate of impunity established by both criminal gangs and state authorities."
Dark Suns trailer
Director Julien Elie said his staff is taking all the necessary safety precautions for the upcoming screenings in El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico.
The screening, which is free to the public, is set for 6 p.m., April 3 at the University of Texas at El Paso Union Cinema Theater.
A conversation will take place afterward with Elie and guests author-journalist Diana Washington-Valdez and criminologist Oscar Maynez.
Other screenings in the region:
Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, 8 p.m., April 4, Teatro Experimental Octavio Trias, CCPN / (*Función y Conversatorio)
Chihuahua City, Chihuahua, Mexico 4 p.m., April 4, Cineteca Chihuahua, Plaza Cultural Los Laureles.