Radio Silence

  • Juliana Fanjul
  • Switzerland, Mexico
  • 2019
  • 77 min
  • International Premiere
  • Frontlight
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The well-known Mexican radio host and journalist Carmen Aristegui is fighting against fake news, government corruption and the related drugs trade. When her radio station fired her in 2015, she started her own channel and continued broadcasting online, where she now has around 18 million listeners.

The camera follows the engaging and cheerful journalist as she goes about her work. The direct cinema scenes alternate with conversations with Carmen and her colleagues. Meanwhile, the terrifying and brutal reality of politics in Mexico becomes palpable when there’s a violent break-in at her office and another defiant radio journalist is murdered. “Would you be prepared to die for this job?” asks director Juliana Fanjul. “No one should die because of his job” answers one of Carmen’s colleagues.

Could it be that social media is Aristegui’s best protection? She’s so popular that eradicating her would start an uprising. This powerful portrait of an uncommonly courageous and tenacious woman makes it very clear what you get when the freedom of the press is crushed: no rule of law and a crumbling democracy.

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Radio Silence
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Fri 22 November - 16:45 - 18:27
Tuschinski 4
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Radio Silence (Radio Silence + Doc Talk, co-presented by IDFA & De Balie)
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Followed by a talk with the director and Carmen Aristegui led by María Campaña Ramia.

Sat 23 November - 20:30 - 22:22
De Balie - Grote Zaal
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Radio Silence (Press & Industry Screening: Radio Silence)
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Tue 26 November - 11:15 - 12:35
Tuschinski 3PassholdersIndustry

Radio Silence
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Wed 27 November - 19:45 - 21:05
Munt 11
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Radio Silence
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Thu 28 November - 17:45 - 19:05
Kriterion 1
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Radio Silence
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Fri 29 November - 13:30 - 14:52
Munt 13
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Credits

  • 77 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: Spanish
  • Subtitles in: English
Director
Juliana Fanjul
Production
Philippe Coeytaux / Akka Films, Nicolas Wadimoff / Akka Films
Co-production
José Cohen for Cactus Films
Cinematography
Jérôme Colin
Editing
Yael Bitton
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