The actor Gael García Bernal will document the reconstruction in Mexico two years after the earthquakes

Two years have passed since the earthquakes of September 7 and 19, 2017 in Mexico, which together left more than 300 dead. Now Mexican actor Gael García Bernal is launching a project that seeks to document the reconstruction of the affected areas based on an initiative launched by civil society.

44 Mexican communities, grouped in diverse organizations, testify to their process in a series of works that will be exhibited in 2020. Photo: Variety
44 Mexican communities, grouped in diverse organizations, testify to their process in a series of works that will be exhibited in 2020. Photo: Variety

The Reconstrucciones project will show the results achieved with the Levantemos México initiative, made up of various organizations, which raised 32.9 million pesos (1,702,800 dollars) for those affected by the earthquakes suffered two years ago in the states of Mexico, Chiapas, Oaxaca, Puebla, Morelos, and the country's capital.

The work consisted of 44 affected communities documenting the reconstruction through testimonies, video, and photos. It is expected that the testimonies of 21 of them will be presented next year.

"The lack of governance in some places and the prevailing corruption were guilty of many things falling in the whole country, many lives were unmasked, that's where we have a lot to document and then show the flowering," Garcia said at the presentation of the transmedia platform launched by Ambulante, the non-profit organization founded in 2005 by the actor with Diego Luna dedicated to supporting documentary film.

The website, available today, reports on the fate of the 32,896,911 pesos collected by Levantemos Mexico between September 2017 and March 2018, from more than 15,000 donations from around the world and distributed among 44 organizations and collectives in Mexico City, Oaxaca, Chiapas, Puebla, Morelos and the State of Mexico.

To date, Reconstrucciones brings together almost 100 minutes of audiovisual material, 50 photographic galleries, audios, testimonies, quotes, glossaries, data, and numbers, but also includes the organization of film functions, film debates and readings.

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