Reading of "Mujeres de Arena: Testimony of Women from Ciudad Juárez"
Documentary theatre with texts by Antonio Cerezo Contreras, Marisela Ortiz, Dense Dresser, Malú Garcia Andrade, María Hope, Eugenia Muñoz and Juan Ríos Cantú.
With Bibiana Lorenzo (Argentina), Eva Rotter (Venezuela), Nurys Herrera (Perú), Verónica Núñez (Venezuela), Gilberto Martín del Campo (México)
Directed by Omar Vargas (Ecuador)
"Mujeres de Arena" is a theatrical work that revisits the testimonies of the mothers, sisters and friends of the victims of the feminicide in Ciudad Juárez -- an extremely disturbing text sure to provoke a reaction to the serious problem of violence against women. Mujeres de arena doesn't only show the cruelty, but also the impunity with which the crimes against women are committed daily in a ritual of panic. "They have not resolved even one single case of the more than 460 that have happened in 14 years", at which point the play ends with a desperate shout, "How many dead women are enough?!"
"Mujeres de Arena" is a brief dramatization in Spanish, presented by members of Teatro Español acting ensemble under the direction of Omar Vargas, offering the testimony from women of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico .
The short readings will be followed by open discussion of violence to commemorate International Women's Day March 8.
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More than 420 girls and women have been killed in Juárez in the past eleven years. Mexican and U.S. criminologists speculate that as many as 90 of those were victims of one or more serial killers.
The serial victims bore similar traits. They were young and slender and had brown complexions and long hair. All came from poor families, and many were lured to Juárez by job prospects at maquiladoras. Their poverty, experts say, made them vulnerable.
Many of them were raped and mutilated, their bodies dumped in ditches or vacant lots.
Chihuahua state forensic official Dr. Irma Rodríguez said the causes of death for 42 of the 325 women might never be known. They are unidentified and any of them could be serial-killer victims. The women's slayings have occurred against a backdrop of violence in Juárez that also took the lives of 1,600 men.
Critics say investigations have ground to a halt because of corruption, incompetence and witness intimidation. Activists say what is going on in Juárez is a national outrage. And when the FBI was brought in to help at times, Chihuahua state officials rejected its findings. Former FBI profiler Robert Ressler believes at least one of the killers has access to both sides of the border.
The serial slayings have continued despite numerous arrests and pronouncements that they have been solved. In November, the bodies of eight more women were found. State officials charged two bus drivers with the murders and said the two named the victims. But DNA tests failed to confirm the victims' identities.
More information, Nuestras Hijas de Regreso a Casa: www.mujeresdejuarez.org