Films

The Room of Bones (El Cuarto de los Huesos)

Marcela Zamora
2015 | 52 minutes | El Salvador, Mexico

Across Mexico and Central America, the last twenty years have been plagued by a meteoric and troubling rise in desaparecidos or missing persons. Mass murder has become all too common, and the identity of the perpetrators remains unknown as the relationship between governments, gangs, and other criminal organizations is shrouded in mystery. As civil and legal systems have failed to thoroughly investigate the crisis, families of victims are left to seek closure and justice on their own. In The Room of Bones, El Salvadoran filmmaker Marcela Zamora follows a group of forensic anthropologists in her home country tasked with the noble but gruesome work of unearthing human remains and matching them with names of desaparecidos. The result is a harrowing portrait of a region in crisis.

Preceded by What Remains

Co-presented by Cinema Tropical