Director: Juliana Fanjul | Countries of production: Mexico, Switzerland | Year: 2019 | Length: 76 min
Language: Spanish with English subtitles | Age: 15+ years

Screened as part of TOAFF20

Mexican journalist Carmen Aristegui has been fighting misinformation and governmental corruption for years, in one of the most dangerous countries in the world to be a journalist.

After exposing a major corruption case, Aristegui is promptly fired from her long-standing post as a radio host. Buoyed by an outpouring of public support and her own team’s determination, she resolves to pursue her fight for press independence and government accountability on the internet (where her programme now regularly attracts up to 18 million viewers).

Director Juliana Fanjul takes viewers into the heat of the action, following Aristegui and her team as they doggedly seek to pursue their investigations and uncover inconvenient truths. She captures the frantic pace of their work – and the huge toll they experience in light of death threats and intimidation – in a profound reflection on the nature and future of democracy.

Content notes:
Contains discussions of torture, state violence, intimidation, suicidal ideation, gender-based violence.
Contains footage of dead bodies.

Screened as part of TOAFF20

“A rare insight into the woman whose name has become synonymous with press freedom in Mexico” The Guardian

“Optimism is a moral obligation — the only alternative is to give up” Carmen Aristegui, journalist and protagonist of Radio Silence