Thursday, November 17th
Join us for drinks and light refreshments as we kick off our 11th Film Festival!
Reception is at 6 pm, followed by the screening of Portraits of a Search at 7 pm.
More than 20,000 people disappeared in Mexico during the horrifically violent war on drugs waged by
former President Calderon. With each missing person, a family is left behind in a desperate search to get
answers from a government that is suspiciously ambivalent. Putting a human face on the most harrowing
of statistics, director Alicia Calderon courageously captures the stories of three mothers - Natividad,
Guadalupe, and Margarita - as they search for their children who have gone missing.
Tania Hernández-Cervantes is a PhD candidate of the Faculty of Environmental Studies at
York University and Research Associate at the Center of Research on the Latin American and
the Caribbean (CERLAC) at York. She was one of the student organizers of the panel
“Education and Mobilization in Contested Mexico: Situating Ayotzinapa” organized and
sponsored by CERLAC in 2015. She has been a contributor to Mexican Newspapers such as La
Jornada, and several international political magazines and journals such as Capitalism Nature
Socialism and a guest speaker for the Mexican and Canadian Radio to speak on the global and
local origins of the violence in Mexico.
Alex Flores - artist, activist, filmmaker.
Alex Flores was born and raised in Mexico City. A self-taught artist, her career in art began 24
years ago and has taken her across North America: El Paso, Texas; San Francisco, California;
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; and Toronto, where she resides. She is an eco-feminist and
social justice activist fighting for LGTBQ humans rights in Latino America.
Alex moved to Toronto, Canada in the spring of 2001. In 2003 she created the Las Perlas TV, an
alternative Spanish & English multi-media production organization focusing on local and
cultural news, editorials, stories and commentaries, as well as presenting different perspectives
reflecting the heart of the Latin American community in Toronto and Canada to the world.
Kathy Price - AI Canada Campaigner, Latin America.