In the past five years, the battle against drug crime in Mexico has claimed the lives of an estimated 100,000 people. If you include the impact on the families and loved ones of the victims, that figure increases four-fold. But statistics remain abstract. Everardo Gonzalez’s Devil’s Freedom aims to uncover the stories behind the numbers and headlines that plague Mexico. In this bold and somber documentary, the faces of interviewees are hidden behind masks in order to preserve their anonymity---but we sense their emotions all the same. Victims and perpetrators alike are given time to express themselves and confront their pain, guilt, and responsibility through detailed and often disturbing testimony. What emerges is a haunted portrait of a society governed by fear and deep insecurity.
The Vancouver Latin American Film Festival is a registered charitable organization with the mission to provide a forum for the promotion and exhibition of Latin American cinema in Vancouver. This 11-day annual festival encourages dialogue among cultures, and explores and celebrates the art of contemporary Latin American and Latin-Canadian filmmaking.