| Tuesday 25 September, 2018 | 18:30 |Goldsmiths University (Room tbc)
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Four years since 43 Ayotzinapa students were forcibly disappeared by state and criminal forces in Guerrero, Mexico, impunity continues as the victims’ families continue their tireless search for their loved ones. To mark this anniversary and to stand in solidarity with the 43 students and their relatives the ‘LatinX Community at Goldsmiths University’, Forensic Architecture and London Mexico Solidarity will host the UK premier of ‘Ayotzinapa. The Turtle’s Pace’. The film will be followed by Q&A with Alejandro Springall, one of the film producers, and members of FA and LMS.
This event aims to introduce the Ayotzinapa case to a broader audience interested in human rights, radical politics, social movements and the political situation of Mexico and Latin America. It is also the first of two events hosted by LMS in London to mark the fourth anniversary since the enforced disappearance of the 43 students. The second event is a demonstration outside the Mexican embassy on 26 September (Further info: https://goo.gl/VLPtrn).
Goldsmiths, Room to be confirmed, Wheelchair accessibility TBC.
LMS will be selling Paula Mónaco Felipe’s 2016 book ‘Ayotzinapa. Horas Eternas’ (In Spanish only), which offers a chronicle of the case and reconstructs the lives of the 43 students by means of the testimonies of their relatives and friends £12.(Further info https://goo.gl/Ycyxu8)
‘Ayotzinapa. The Turtle’s Pace’
(Directed by Enrique García Meza, 2018. 80 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)
The enforced disappearance of 43 students in Ayotzinapa exposed the grief of their parents and other relations, reminding us of the intimate tie that unites us all and of the importance of solidarity.
Enrique García Meza collaborated in the production of several films, commercials and TV series such as Guillermo del Toro’s El espinazo del diablo, Sergio García’s Un toke de roc and Alfredo Gurrola’s La revancha. He is the founder of Producir es Cosa de Todas y Todos (Production is For Everyone), that produces shorts in rural, indigenous and vulnerable regions.
On the night of 26 September 2014, the students of the teacher training school ‘Raúl Isidro Burgos’ were attacked in a coordinated way by members of organised crime and different police forces. Members of the army had information that may have served to prevent the attack, but they denied help to the victims on multiple occasions.
The grim outcome of this prolonged attack was that three students and three bystanders were murdered and more than twenty persons were severely injured. A further group of young football players (whom the police confused with the Ayotzinapa students) were ambushed, and 43 students from Ayotzinapa were forcibly disappeared by police and ultimately handed over to local drug traffickers. To this day, their whereabouts remain unknown.
The investigation conducted by the Mexican government has sought to deny responsibility of state forces by manipulating evidence and obtaining testimonies by means of torture. Meanwhile, the families of the 43 students have relentlessly fought for their return alive, confronting both institutional efforts to criminalise their struggle and the passing of time. In the meantime, more than four independent investigations elaborated by international human rights organisations have concluded that the official investigation conducted by the Mexican government fails to meet basic scientific and investigative standards, demanding then new investigations to be pursued.
Resisting the oblivion to which most of the victims of violence in Mexico are condemned, the parents of Ayotzinapa have launched a call for global solidarity with the 43 disappeared students and their families. In response to this call, we also aim to highlight the stories of the more than 40,000 people currently disappeared in Mexico and to amplify the voices of those searching for them, for truth, justice and memory.
LatinX Society – Goldsmiths: https://www.facebook.com/LatinxGoldsmiths/
Forensic Architecture: https://www.forensic-architecture.org/
London Mexico Solidarity: https://www.facebook.com/londonmexicosolidarity/