A Place of Absence

A PLACE OF ABSENCE follows filmmaker Marialuisa Ernst’s search to find meaning and connection with Anita and Leticia, two Central American women traveling to Mexico as part of the Caravan of Mothers of Missing Migrants. As the group searches for sons and daughters who vanished en route to the U.S., Marialuisa draws parallels to the emotional turmoil her own mother experienced in the aftermath of her uncle’s disappearance during Argentina’s ‘Dirty War.' 

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»

Nora Poggi Nora Poggi
Associate Producer

Nora Poggi is a French journalist and the director/producer of the award-winning documentary SHE STARTED IT. She was also a reporter in Silicon Valley for Examiner.com & Usine Nouvelle. She is a... more»

Additional Credits

Erik Shirai (Cinematographer)
Maria Teres Viera- Gallo (Editor)
Francisco Bello (Editor)
Patricia Benabe (Consulting Producer)

Genre: Documentary