Rights Action
April 23, 2019
Searching for the ‘disappeared’ in Mexico: “Illusions of Control” documentary film
In the context of the “war on drugs”, family members of the ‘disappeared’ confront government and paramilitary violence and impunity
  • Public event: Monday, April 29, Toronto, Canada
  • Hot Docs premiere screening of “Illusions of Control”: April 28, 30 & May 2, Toronto, Canada
Public event
Special guests Silvia Ortiz & Óscar Sánchez Viesca, with journalist & author Dawn Marie Paley
Silvia Ortiz and Óscar Sánchez Viesca's daughter Fanny was disappeared in 2004 at the age of 16.  Since 2006, over 40,000 people have been reported disappeared in Mexico in the context of the “war on drugs.”  Silvia and Óscar are founders of Grupo Vida, a grassroots collective of family members of the disappeared who carry out weekly searches for their disappeared loved ones and human remains.  Grupo Vida's courageous searches are a form of direct action in the face of government and paramilitary violence and impunity.
Dawn is a Mexico-based journalist and author of Drug War Capitalism (AK Press, 2014).

Join us for an evening with Silvia, Óscar and Dawn, to learn about what is taking place in Mexico in terms of enforced disappearances, how the new government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is responding to the crisis, and the demands of family members of the disappeared. 
“Illusions of Control” documentary film
Grupo Vida’s search for the ‘disappeared’ is featured in the film “Illusions of Control”, premiering at the Hot Docs International Documentary Festival in Toronto, Canada, on Sunday, April 28, Tuesday, April 30 and Thursday, May 2.  Silvia Ortiz, Óscar Sanchez and Dawn Paley will attend the Sunday and Tuesday Screenings together with other guests. 
Tax-Deductible Donations (Canada & U.S.)
In coordination with Dawn Paley, Rights Action is accepting donations to support Grupo Vida’s work and struggle for the disappeared in Mexico.  Make check to "Rights Action" and mail to:
  • U.S.:  Box 50887, Washington DC, 20091-0887
  • Canada:  (Box 552) 351 Queen St. E, Toronto ON, M5A-1T8
  • Credit-Card Donations:
Write “Grupo Vida” on cheque memo line, or in on-line donation field.
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