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Los que no aparecen
[ Those who are missing ] 

47m I In competition I Spanish (English subtitles)

Directed by José María León

Los que no aparecen (Those Who Are Missing) is a documentary that tells the story of five women and their loved ones who passed away during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and whose bodies went missing in the custody of the Ecuadorian state. Through interviews and first hand testimonies we see the efforts and pain of these families, who have not been able to live by finding closure to their grief. At the same time, we reconstruct the fear and chaos experienced in a city that became one of the epicenters of the region in 2020, and trace the failed responses of the institutions in charge.

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Flushing Meadows Corona Park,
Queens, NY

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José María León

José María León is an editor and long-form journalist. In 2011 he founded GK, one of Ecuador's leading media outlets. His work concentrates on human rights and gender and environmental conflicts.


His work has appeared in Etiqueta Negra and Etiqueta Verde, as well as in other publications such as Diners Ecuador, SoHo Ecuador, SoHo Colombia, and Courrier International of France.


José María León is a two-time Premio Gabo finalist, one for his work in Tierra de resistentes, where he edited and wrote a long-form profile of Indigenous leader Patricia Gualinga; the other for his work in Deadly Border, a transnational story on the assassination of three Ecuadorian journalists in 2008.


He has taught several journalism workshops on reporting, fact-checking, and editing, and is The New York Times reporter for Ecuador.

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