festival program / Jordan Ressler First Feature Award

Our Mothers


Guatemala's bloody civil war is little-talked about, but the two-decade conflict which started in the 1970's claimed 200,000 victims -- most of them indigenous and countless of which remain without closure, the victims' bodies not yet identified. Against this backdrop, Cesar Diaz's searing debut feature is a powerful call for remembrance and action.

As the whole country of Guatemala is immersed in the trial of soldiers who sparked the country's dark and horrific civil war, one young anthropologist continues his grueling work for the Forensic Anthropology Foundation identifying the war's victims, often buried in unidentified mass graves. When he discovers a lead that could guide him to his father, a guerrillero who went missing during the war, he sets out against his mother's wishes on an all-consuming mission to find the truth.

Winner of the prestigious and highly coveted Camera d'Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Diaz's powerful and emotionally-charged drama promises an exciting career to come.

This screening is sponsored by HBO, FlixLatino, ViendoMovies Available with Xfinity and the Jordan Alexander Ressler Charitable Fund.

Event Dates

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Coral Gables Art Cinema

SilverSpot Cinema 11

Director Bio

César Diaz is a filmmaker born in Guatemala. After studying in Mexico and Belgium, Diaz has been working as a fiction and documentary film director and editor for more than 10 years. Our Mothers is his debut feature.

Cast & Credits

  • Director(s)
    César Diaz
  • Producer(s)
    Géraldine Sprimont, Delphine Schmit
  • Screenwriter(s)
    César Diaz
  • Cinematographer(s)
    Virginie Surdej
  • Composer
    Rémi Boubal
  • Cast
    Armando Espitia, Emma Dib

Film Info

  • Year
  • Category
  • Original Title
    Nuestras madres
  • Country
    Guatemala, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands
  • Run-Time
    77 min
  • Language
  • Subtitles