(Guatemala, 2021) Social Historical Drama / 91 min / Spanish with English Subtitles / Rated PG
Dir: Anais Taracena
Throughout the 1970s, the journalist Elías Barahona, a.k.a. “El Topo”/”The Mole”, infiltrated the heart of one of the most repressive governments in Guatemala. In seeking to uncover the story of this secretive and unique individual, “The Silence of the Mole”, captures the moments when the revelations from the past probes the cracks in the walls of silence that surround this country’s hidden history.
Anaïs Taracena, documentary filmmaker and producer with a master’s degree in Political Science. She has directed short films that have been screened at international festivals and universities. The short film “Entre voces” won the public award at the Amnesty International Film Festival in France, the audience award at Pantalla Latina Film Festival in Switzerland, and the best short at the Central American Film Festival in the US. In Guatemala, she works as a filmmaker with international organizations and as cultural manager. In 2019 she participated in the Berlinale Talents and in the IDFA Academy School as an emerging director. “The silence of the Mole”, Anaïs’s first documentary feature, premiered at Hot Docs 2021 and won the Tim Hetherington Award at Sheffield Doc Fest.