Director describes process of making ‘Tracing Aleida’
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The Times’ Richard Boudreaux reported in January 2005:
‘In a rare story of closure to the conflict, Gallangos traced her brother to Washington, D.C., found him living under the name Juan Carlos Hernandez, and convinced him of his identity, making the immigrant construction worker the first of Mexico’s more than 500 desaparecidos, the disappeared ones, to be found alive since the ‘dirty war.’
Aleida’s search for and reunion with her brother was documented by the filmmaker Christiane Burkhard over a series of years. The result of that project -- the documentary ‘Tracing Aleida’ -- is showing in theaters across Mexico and is out on DVD in the United States.
We visited the German director in her Mexico City home to talk about the process of making the film.
-- Deborah Bonello in Mexico City