The Silence of the Mole

Anaïs Taracena


05.10 - 17:30 | 06.10 - 19:30


ESDT afiche esp 17_05_22

Year: 2021
Country: Guatemala
Length: 91 min
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English


Director: Anaïs Taracena
Producer: Rafael González, Anaïs Taracena
Screenwriter: Anaïs Taracena
Cinematographer: Carla Molina
Editor: Pedro G. García
Sound: Eduardo Cáceres, Deleón Francisco

In the late 1970s, the journalist known as “The Mole” infiltrated the heart of one of Guatemala’s most repressive governments. Today, the search for this unheard-of story opens cracks in the silences of a country.

With the presence of the director.

Why must you see it?

Fifty years after The Mole’s infiltration of the Guatemalan government, the director approaches him in order to recall this defining episode in Central American politics. The Silence of the Mole mocks the conventions of activist and investigative cinema in order to give way to a narrative pierced by the complicity and intimacy that emanates from the encounter between Taracena and ‘The Mole’. It is worth highlighting the singular way in which the filmmaker deconstructs the audiovisual archives and the courageous gesture with which he questions the history of his country.

María Campaña
MajorDocs programmer

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Anaïs Taracena

Anaïs Taracena, documentary filmmaker with a master’s degree in political science. She has directed several short films that have been screened at international film festivals, universities and communities. In 2019 she participated in the Berlinale talents and the IDFA Academy School as an emerging director. The Silence of the Mole her first feature film, has been screened in more than 35 film festivals and has won 11 international awards including the Silver Biznaga for Best Documentary at the Malaga Film Festival, the Special Jury Prize at the Jeonju International Film Festival in South Korea and the Tim Hetherington Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2021.

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