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Tierra Caliente

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The story of an ordinary family in the state of Guerrero, Mexico. As they go about their normal lives, they are caught in the crossfire between the Narco drug cartels and the military.
"Following the kidnapping of her husband by a cartel, a woman named only as ‘Daughter 2’ grieves and tries to keep her family together. Her community band around her, with over 100 local taxi drivers going on a search to find the missing husband – to little avail, as they find him murdered the next day. Violence has a way of being contagious and Daughter 2’s son, on a misguided search for justice, joins a defence militia, while Daughter 2 herself suffers from anxiety and depression as she tries to keep her fractured family together. Narrated as a poetic hybrid of documentary and fiction, the screenplay is a transcript of conversations of the family recorded over a period of two years. Actors play the members of the family to protect their identity, but we are able to hear the actual recordings throughout the film, reminding the audience that these people are real."


Type of film
Running Time
80 mins
Laura Plancarte 1st Feature
Ellis Freeman, Mike Lerner, Laura Plancarte, Luke Schiller, Enrrique Arroyo Schroeder
Carolina Amador
Helle Le Fevre, Vera Simmonds
Laura Plancarte
Director of Photography
Eben Bolter, Richard Gillespie
Production Designer
Alison Dominitz
David M Saunders
Principal Cast
Claudia Coulter, Yvonne O'Grady, Anais Alvarado

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Last updated 24th March 2016

Production Company

UK, Mexico coproduction

Roastbeef Productions
Mike Lerner
+44 (0)20 7240 2885


New Gold Entertainment (IT)
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Prato 59100
+39 (0)574 072949