The Silence of the Mole
El silencio del Topo

Director: Anais Taracena
Guatemala | 2021 | Spanish With English Subtitles | 90 min

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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.

The events the film focuses on may have happened 40 years ago but Taracena still encountered resistance to her project. A lot of potential subjects didn’t want to be filmed. “It is still a very conservative and anti-communist country.”

A lo largo de la década de 1970, el periodista Elías Barahona, alias “El Topo”, se infiltró en el seno de uno de los gobiernos más represores de Guatemala. Buscando develar la historia de este individuo reservado y único, “El silencio del topo”, captura los momentos en que las revelaciones del pasado sondean las grietas en los muros de silencio que rodean la historia oculta de este país.

Documentary filmmaker and producer with a master’s degree in Political Science. She has directed shorts films that have been screened at international festivals and universities. In 2019 she participated in the Berlinale Talents and in the IDFA Academy School as an emerging director. “The silence of the Mole” Anais’s first feature film premiered at Hot Docs 2021 and has won 9 international awards such as the Tim Hetherington Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2021, the Best Documentary Prize at Malaga Film Festival and Special Jury Award at the Jeonju International Film Festival, South Korea.