De nadie tells the story of María,
an immigrant from Central America, forced by circumstances to abandon
her family, searching for the elusive American Dream. On her way
to the United States, she goes through Mexico, where her life becomes
a nightmare. De nadie is a documentary about courage and
also about the injustices suffered by thousands of people from Central
America. They are robbed, tortured and raped, and sometimes also
murdered, in Mexico. Before saying good-bye to María, we
promise we'll find her family in Honduras to deliver a message acknowledging
Through María and other characters, first-time
filmmaker Tin Dirdamal displays moving photographic grace and a
sophisticated understanding of his subjects as he follows their
search for the sustenance their native countries can't provide.
These personal stories force a deeper understanding of the United
States' border crisis, while exposing hypocrisies in a Mexican culture
that is equally intolerant. The film doesn't take a political stance;
it merely brings us the voices of those affected, the results of
which are far louder.
An art exhibit will be displayed during the conference.
Audience Award 2006, Sundance Film Festival; Best Feature Documentary
2006, Mexican Academy Awards "Arieles"; Best First Film
2005, Guadalajara Film Festival; Best Film 2005, Monterrey Film
Festival; Grand Jury Prix, Best Documentary 2006, Sonoma Valley
Film Festival; Audience Award 2006, Amnesty International Film Festival,
Seattle; Best Documentary Feature 2006, Cine Las Americas International
Film Festival; Best Documentary 2006, Newport Beach Film Festival;
Audience Award 2006, Documenta Madrid Film Festival; Best Feature
/ Audience Award 2006, Festivalito, Canary Islands; Special Jury
Mention 2006, Festivalito, Canary Islands, Los Angeles International
Latino Film Festival Special Jury Mention 2006.
82 minutes, Spanish with English subtitles
Director: Tin Dirdamal
Producers: Jose Torres, Tin Dirdamal
Researchers: Lizzette Arguello, Iliana Martínez
Executive Producer: Mons. Raul Vera
Camera: Sofía Ortega, Luis Ortuño, Jorge Rodríguez
Editor: José Torres
Music: Alfonso M. Rubial
Guadalupe Victorica is married and mother of 3 adolescents,
She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Plastic Arts and a Doctorate
Degree in Mass Communication Research. A professor and a social
science researcher, Guadalupe has worked on the topics of family
violence, drugs and adolescents and boys in the streets.
She and her husband are actually working as a volunteer
for the Migrant Shelter Saint Martha, Monterrey Mexico. She organized
two solo art exhibits about Migration (2006) for the Migrant Shelter.
Guadalupe gives free painting workshops and Human
Development courses for girls in a Religious House, youth groups
and Low SES Mothers since 1998.
Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León
Asociación Mexicana de Investigadores de la Comunicación
Asociación de la Plástica de Garza García
Seminario Se Lider, Art Workshop
Religiosas de Nuestra Sra. de la Caridad el Refugio, Art and Human
Asociación de Superación Personal AC
Casa del Migrante Santa Martha
Indiewire Sundance 2006 Interview with Director
Where did the initial idea for your film come from?
As I was working as a volunteer in an immigrant project, there was
an urgent need to tell others about these terrible deaths and injustices,
in an attempt for them to end.
I became a filmmaker by accident. I worked at an immigrant
project as a volunteer in the south of Mexico. I started hearing
and seeing terrible injustices committed to Central American immigrants
in Mexico, in their attempt to get into the United States. It was
then that for the first time in my life I took a camera in my hands
and did this movie.