In December 2014, I organized a family trip to Mazatlán, Sinaloa to visit my father’s birthplace and my grandmother’s place of origin—the nearby rural mining settlement of Pánuco, located in the Sierra Madre Occidental in Mexico. According to my father, mineral extraction ended and the mines closed soon after he was born in 1946, driving his parents to migrate to another mining center in the state of Sonora while he was still an infant. My father only visited Pánuco a few times after that and, as a result, had little memory of the place. Through this origins journey, this auto-ethnographic short explores family stories and memory, in the context of subtly conspicuous drug-related violence and other narco specters.

36 minutes. Mexico. 2021 
Spanish with English subtitles