Guatemalan teen Astrid was kidnapped and held for ransom. Her family paid and she was released, but the family still gets phone calls from her abductors, calling her a pawn and threatening to snatch her again. Desperate, she enters the U.S. illegally and faces deportation. Swiss journalist and documentarian Jean Cosme Delaloye examines the problem of abductions for ransom by focusing on Astrid’s case, and two others. A father mourns the murder of his kidnapped wife and struggles to raise two young sons who witnessed their mother’s death. Fifteen-year- old Kelly was snatched, brutally raped, and murdered. Most of Kelly’s family has fled to the U.S., but her cousin Karin remains in Guatemala, working with the Survivors Network group to put Kelly’s kidnappers in prison. The film follows court cases that will decide the fates of Astrid and some of the kidnappers.
San Rafael, CA: Oct. 11 & 13 at the Mill Valley Film Festival.
Seattle: Oct. 21, details to follow.