La Civil

All of a sudden, Laura, the teenage daughter of Cielo (Mexican actress Arcelia Ramírez, in a riveting performance), is kidnapped in northern Mexico. Despite several ransoms being paid, Laura is not returned. With no support from the authorities, Cielo takes matters into her own hands, transforming into a vengeful militant. The filmmaker recounts that “this story was confided by a woman whose experiences inspired the script. Out of respect for her and other victims, I hope this film can bring some positive change.”

The MFAH film department is supported by Tenaris; the Vaughn Foundation; The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea; Nina and Michael Zilkha; Consulate General of Italy in Houston; Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles; Consulate General of Brazil in Houston; Franci Neely; Carrin Patman and Jim Derrick; Ms. Laurence Unger; L’Alliance Française de Houston; and ILEX Foundation.

La Civil

Directed by Teodora Ana Mihai
(Belgium/Romania/Mexico, 2022, 135 minutes, in Spanish with English subtitles)
Lynn Wyatt Theater


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