MATTEI (LEO), GOHARI (Alex)
ARTE GEIE, NOVA PRODUCTION
German, English, French
TV, DVD, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD
After hiding out on American soil for 5 years, 36 year-old Ruben Figueroa, decided to return home to Mexico. Understanding the struggle of living in fear, Ruben has since set out to find Latin Americans that have disappeared in Mexico.
Ruben is always on the road in search of “Desaparecidos”. Most originating from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, dozens of thousands each year decide to cross Mexico to get to the United States. The journey is long, involving drug traffickers, corrupt police officers and smugglers, all before reaching the most dangerous step: crossing the border.
Hundreds disappear each year. Some die of thirst, others are murdered or imprisoned and some are pained with the shame of having failed. Alone, Ruben succeeds in finding the missing persons each year with just a few clues from their families such as simply a name, a photo, or a tattoo. He then reconnects them with their families, sometimes after years and years of separation.