Dir. Juliana Fanjul / Switzerland, Mexico / 2019 / 78’ / Polish premiere
Director: Juliana Fanjul
Cinematography: Jérôme Colin
Editing: Yael Bitton
Sound: Carlos Ibanez-Diaz
Music: Marc Parazon
Producers: Philippe Coeytaux, Nicolas Wadimoff
Production: Akka Films in co-production with: Cactus Docs, RTS - Radio Télévision Suisse
World sales: Lightdox
March 2015. Due to political pressure and false pretenses, Carmen Aristegui, the main voice of independent journalism in Mexico, is fired with her team from the MVS Radio station. The next day more than 200,000 people demonstrate and sign a petition calling for her return on air and the end of censorship. Despite this exceptional mobilization, the station does not give way. Who is this woman behind the famous Mexican journalist? How did she become a popular figure of resistance and freedom of expression in Mexico? Who are her main enemies? Why is she still alive when dozens of her colleagues have been murdered in recent years and months? Does she find herself trapped in a role she did not want to endorse?
“Radio Silence” captures Carmen's enduring and dangerous fight to recreate a space of freedom of speech and keep informing her listeners. In some other countries this might be an easier task, but in Mexico, where the social and economic situation is dominated by drug traffickers and political corruption, Carmen and her team have an uphill battle. Through testimonials, archive footage and social networks excerpts, we follow Carmen and her team in a large ongoing investigation conducted alongside the construction of her new internet radio station. “Radio Silence” immerses the viewers in the fight of Carmen Aristegui - a woman inhabited by extraordinary courage. A fight against monopolistic concentration of the media, against an authoritarian and corrupt political system, all in a climate undermined by threats and constant intimidation of drug traffickers.
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
IDFA - International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, This Human World Vienna, Zürich Film Festival, Solothurn Film Festival, FIPADOC International Documentary Festival, FIFDH Geneva (Gilda Vieira de Mello Award by the Barbara Hendricks Foundation for Peace and Reconciliation), FICUNAM, Ambulante Mexico, Tempo Documentary Festival, Human Rights Human Wrongs, Human Rights Watch Film Festival, DOK.fest München, Doc Montevideo, Documentary Week of Uruguay, DokuFest - International Documentary and Short Film Festival (Special Mention: Human Rights Documentary Competition), Bertha DocHouse, Hola Mexico (Cinelatino & DishLATINO Audience Choice Award), Take One Action, San Diego Latino Film Fest, It’s All True Sao Paulo, UNAFF, Inconvenient Films, Millenium Documentary Film Festival, Valladolid Seminci (First Prize in Time of History section), Hawaii International Film Festival, Festival de Huelva Cine Iberoamericano, Kasseler Dokfest (A38 Production-Grant Kassel-Halle), JAYU Human Rights Film Festival, Solidarity Tel Aviv Human Rights Film Festival, Doclisboa, eldocs, Human Rights Film Festival Inconvenient Films Lithuania, Human Rights Film Festival Berlin
Born in Mexico in 1981. Received her BA in Visual Communication. Juliana attended the documentary department at the EICTV (International Cinema and TV School of San Antonio de los Baños). She worked as a director’s assistant. In 2011 she took part in an exchange program to live in Switzerland. In 2012-14 she did her Masters in Cinema Studies, a joint program between ECAL (École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne) and HEAD (Haute École d’Art et Design) in Geneva.