Inside the Vicious Cycle of Mexico’s Disappearances

By Ena Alvarado

A new film by Lorenzo Vigas probes the cruel process by which victims of violence can become participants.

This article is adapted from AQ’s special report on Uruguay Mass disappearances in Mexico reached a grim milestone in 2022, when the official number of missing persons surpassed 100,000. Lorenzo Vigas, a Venezuelan director and longtime resident of Mexico, has characterized this issue as a “deep wound,” one that has afflicted his adopted country for generations. In his latest film, The Box, he convincingly shows how no one can be spared entanglement in this decades-long crisis—and that, given the right conditions, even victims will turn into perpetrators. The plot is...

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