Sparked by corrupt military governance in the 1960s, the Guatemalan Civil War lasted over 30 years and claimed more than 200,000 lives, mostly from the indigenous Mayan population. Set in 2018, this powerful fiction feature debut sees a trial grip the nation as a string of female survivors denounce the military’s atrocities. Meanwhile, young anthropologist Ernesto strives to identify the bodies of some of the 40,000 disappeared. When the witness statement of an old woman suggests a link to his father, a guerrillero who went missing during the war, Ernesto flings himself body and soul into the case, looking for truth and reconciliation in the testimonies of the heroic women whose knowledge and memories hold together the social fabric of the nation.
Winner of Golden Camera for Best First Feature at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, and representing Belgium at the Oscars in 2020.