Mexican actor Diego Luna speaks out against femicide

Actor, producer and director Diego Luna joined the call against femicide in Mexico in the presentation of the short documentary "El Día Después: Nosotras", by Mexican director Natalia Beristain, premiered on Sunday at the Morelia International Film Festival (FICM).

Diego Luna, right, participates in a press conference on the short documentary El Día Después at the Morelia International Film Festival in Morelia, Mexico.
Diego Luna, right, participates in a press conference on the short documentary El Día Después at the Morelia International Film Festival in Morelia, Mexico.

"The stories are very strong and if we told each other the stories we would all be much more sensitive and concerned about what happens to the other," Luna said.

"We've clearly been told the story wrong if we live in a country where nine women a day are killed every day... because if we told it right, they wouldn't want to live with it".

The short film presents the testimony of women who fight to defend themselves against violence, but also of mothers, young people and fathers who have already lost a member of their family because of femicide, which according to UN Women is an expression of violence and one of the most serious human rights violations, widespread, rooted and tolerated in the world, caused by inequality and gender discrimination against women.

There is no precise record of femicides in Mexico, as local governments may classify them as homicides, but the number mentioned in the documentary of nine murders of women a day in this country was provided by UN Women at the end of 2018. According to experts consulted for the documentary, femicide is different from a homicide because the motivation for killing the victims is not criminal -- like a robbery or a settling of scores -- but is an expression of macho violence against women simply because they are.

"The topic of femicide I think is a topic that all of us here have heard," said Beristain, director of the fiction film "Los adioses," which premieres in documentary format with this short. "That was one of the very painful discoveries of going out to do this exercise (her documentary), it is much closer than anyone would expect or want".

Beristain pointed out that one of the testimonies, that of a young woman whose sister was murdered, was recovered by doing interviews in the street. It was the third interview they did on the first day of shooting.

"I'd like everyone in this world to be sensitized to the issue," said Arcilia Miranda, a lawyer and sister of one of the victims portrayed in the documentary. Berenice, her sister, had a career in science and had a job when a co-worker's son killed her, at age 26, for not being interested in having a relationship with him.

"Let's think a little further... let's think that all people can be affected. Let's not see it as something distant, something that you only see in movies, television or social networks... It's something that can happen to any person, no matter the social stratum, the world you're in," Miranda added.

The short film is a project of the civil association El Día Después, of which Luna is a member, which seeks to make visible various problems in Mexico such as disappearances or gender violence.

Source: Agencies

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