Structuring Strategies Presents: Lourdes Portillo
CalArts, Bijou Auditorium
FILM/VIDEO: Filmmaker Lourdes Portillo will present:
SENORITA EXTRAVIADA (2001, 74 min)
Señorita Extraviada, Missing Young Woman unfolds like the unsolved mystery that it examines—the kidnapping, rape and murder of over 350 young women in Juárez, Mexico. Visually poetic, yet unflinching in its gaze, this haunting documentary unravels the layers of complicity that have allowed these brutal murders to continue just south of the US-Mexican border. Relying on what Portillo comes to see as the most reliable of sources—the testimonies of the families of the victims—Señorita Extraviada documents a two-year search for the truth in the underbelly of the new global economy. The result is a shocking and brutal portrait of Ciudad Juárez, "The City of the Future."
Funded by ITVS, MacArthur Foundation, Soros Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts
Mexico-born and Chicana identified, Lourdes Portillo is a writer/director/producer of films focused on the search for Latino identity. She has worked in a richly varied range of forms, from television documentary to satirical video-film collage. Lourdes will be conducting a workshop while at CalArts.