Retratos de una búsqueda / Portraits of a Search

A film by Alicia Calderón

This film was screened as a part of the 2015 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF18)

With Special Guest Christine Davila, Director of Ambulante California, in attendance to present the film



Mexico, Social Justice/Crime/Documentary, 2014
67 min, HDV/HDCAM, Color
Spanish with English subtitles

In the Mexican narco-war, thousands of mothers search for their missing sons and daughters. In PORTRAITS OF A SEARCH, the stories of Natividad, Guadalupe and Margarita intertwine to convey the different forms of confronting the search and uncertainty. One turns to the FBI, another obtains the personal promise of the nation’s president, and the other tries to return to her routines so as to save her grandson. The film presents a portrait of Mexico today.

Austin Premiere


About the director

- DirectorAlicia Calderón worked as a journalist in print, radio and television for 14 years and in 2010 participated in a documentary filming and postproduction workshop sponsored by Ambulante and the Mexican Film Institute, where she was selected to direct the short film A POSSIBLE DREAM. RETRATOS DE UNA BUSQUEDA is her first documentary feature.



Producer: Karla Uribe
Production Companies: Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE)
Screenwriter: Alicia Calderón Torres
Cinematographer: Dalia Huerta Cano
Editor: Juan Manuel Figueroa, Sofía Gómez Córdova
Sound Design: Mario Martínez Cobos
Music: Mario Osuna
Cast: Natividad Guerrero, Guadalupe Aguilar, Margarita López

Print Source: Vanesa Gutiérrez – IMCINE, difuinte@imcine.gob.mx