The Guardian of Memory

Film phase:Completed


The Juarez Valley, a region once known for cotton production, is now nothing more than burned down houses, empty towns, and memories. Carlos Spector, an immigration lawyer born in El Paso, TX, fights to obtain political asylum for Mexicans fleeing from violence. This is the story of Mexican men, women, and children seeking a respite from their tragedies by heading to their neighboring country, the US. It is also a story about the kindness and hope that still exists in people who have gone through hell, and about Carlos Spector’s tireless efforts to keep memory alive.

The Guardian of Memory participated in the 2017 (Egg)celerator Lab.


Marcela Arteaga looks directly at the camera. Headshot in black and white.Marcela Arteaga graduated from Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica. Remembrance, her first feature documentary film, received support from the Rockefeller Foundation and received the FIPRESCI Prize for Best Mexican Film at the Guadalajara IFF, México, and the Jury’s Special Award at the Guanajuato IFF and the Festival of Málaga.

Remembrance was screened as the official selection for festivals such as Karlovy Vary IFF, Festival des Films du Monde, and Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival.