Synopsis: An astonishing fictional account of the unending series of murders of young women in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, which began in 1996. Most of the victims are low-paid laborers who have been drawn to the town by the possibility of work at American-owned factories. In the film Mexican police officer Blanca Bravo is sent to Cuidad Juarez to investigate and comes to learn realities of these women's lives, as well as the truth about a police force and local power structure embodied by entrepreneur Mickey Santos that has ceased to care.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Carlos Carrera
  9 wins & 5 nominations.
122 min

based on actual events


Age 16 to 25.

Fractured femur.

Nails painted red.

There's a robe to one side...

...from the Kikay factory.

Left nipple torn off.

This makes how many?

29 bodies this year.

And in the past decade?

Don't be a prick, Hernndez.

Gold tooth with the letter K.

Signs of strangulation.

-The first rape victim appeared 3 years ago.

-Or the first documented one.

Our count is 65 since then.

The reporters say 83.

- How many women missing?

- Again, the numbers game.

Some say 100. Others, 350.

But they sent you to clean up, right?

To clean up and take over,

once the Chief gets promoted.

Some say there's a serial killer.

There's no signature, nothing

repeated on all the victims.

83 murders in the past 3 years,

that's got to be a world record, right?

Look, the Gringos sure put

that building up fast.

They'd just started when you got here.

The Bible is Truth, read it!

Good morning, Jurez!

Border city, crossover city.

Backyard with two gates.

From the U. S., trucks roll in

loaded with used clothing,

used jalopies for sale,

expired medicines,

and rich kids looking to lose their

virginity to our top-notch sex workers.

And from the rest of Mexico:

the poorest of the poor roll in

looking for minimum wage in the factories,

and just maybe - God willing -

if the Border Patrol looks the other way,

they'll hop the border as wetbacks.

There you have it: Jurez.

Crossroads of chaos, border city.

Wounded city, crowned with

the blood of murdered girls.

This cultural education goes out

with condolences to the latest victim,

with a K on her gold tooth.

Katia, Karina, Katwoman...

To the girl whose face Death blew into.

Direct from Jurez,

broadcasting across the state of Chihuahua,

"Los Tigres del Norte."

Another body in the desert, and Kikay

doesn't want its name in the papers.

- But the victim worked for Kikay, right?

- Yes, she did. But the owner,

doesn't want dead women

associated with his brand.

Talk to me, lvarez.

What can I do for you?

Governor, you need to respond forcefully,

to show you protect big investors in Jurez.

and that you support

our assembly plants, too.

This kind of news is very dangerous to us.

The "globalphobes" are eager...

for any negative detail they can

disseminate internationally,

to damage global brand names like ours.

I couldn't agree more with

our friend Numasaki.

I'll speak to the newspaper owners,

and keep your brand out of this.

But only as a special favor.

Done. Take care, Governor.

Son of a b*tch... He called a

dead woman a "negative detail."

- Get me all the Ciudad Jurez news editors.

- Yes, Sir.

Easy, easy now.

- Those belong to...

- Meet me in my office.

They bashed her head in, Doctor.

- Sign these invoices.

- For that girl who was raped?

She needs anti-depressants.

- Hello.

- Hello Sara.

Sign here, please.

- Can't Susana budget it?

- She says we're broke.

-That's right.

-We'll find money somewhere.

Here's the receipts for legal

fees and daycare supplies.

Sara, isn't this Karen?

She was from Hidalgo:

no family in Jurez.

She worked for Kikay.

She came to the cops a year ago.

The date's here, you can have this.

Come in.

Excuse me.

Lieutenant Fierro.

Have a seat.

Her man was beating her.

They call him "The Sultan."

-Yeah, an Egyptian.

-Yeah, but you guys did nothing.

- There must have been a reason.

- Sure there was!

Anyway, therapy taught her not

to tolerate any kind of abuse.


Karen, who had a funny streak, said...

...she wouldn't go to the dentist anymore.

Not even that abuse, she told me.

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Sabina Berman

Sabina Berman Goldberg (Mexico City, August 21, 1955) is a writer and journalist. Considered to be Mexico's most critically and commercially successful contemporary playwright, Berman is one of the most prolific living writers in the Spanish language. Her work deals mainly with issues related to diversity and its obstacles. Her style tends toward humor and language, or the need to move beyond the limits of language. She is a four-time winner of the National Playwriting Award in Mexico (Premio Nacional de Dramaturgia Juan Ruiz Alarcón) and has twice won the National Journalism Award (Premio Nacional de Periodismo). Her plays have been staged in Canada, North America, Latin America, and Europe. Her novel, Me (La mujer que buceó en el corazón del mundo) has been translated into 11 languages and published in over 33 countries, including Spain, France, the United States, England, and Israel. "In her plays, there are certain constants worthy of note: a taste for humor; a mistrust of official discourse and indeed, of all discourse in general; the need to surpass both sexual limits and those that apply to literary genres." more…

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