A Place of Absence

A PLACE OF ABSENCE follows the “Caravan of Women,” a group of 40 brave women from Central America who embark on an epic annual bus journey in a desperate search for their children who, like 70,000 others, have disappeared without a trace while attempting to cross the US-Mexico border.

Marialuisa Ernst Marialuisa Ernst
Director, Producer

Marialuisa Ernst is an award-winning, South American filmmaker based in New York. During the span of her 20-year career, she has exhibited her work at over 30 international film festivals and won Best... more»

Coti Donoso Coti Donoso

Coti Donoso is a psychologist and audiovisual communicator as well as a film editor of documentaries since 1996, working with renowned Chilean directors. From 1999 to 2009, she performed the editing... more»

Erik Shirai Erik Shirai
Director of Photography

Erik Shirai is a New York City-based director and cinematographer working around the world on renowned documentaries, TV shows, and commercials. He recently won Special Jury Mention for Best... more»

Additional Credits

Corey Gegner (Cinematographer)
Jessica Bennett (Cinematographer)
Eduardo Servello (Cinematographer)
Ilie Mitaru (Cinematographer)