A towering investigation into decades of the disappeared in Mexico.

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Shot in stark monochrome, Dark Suns chronicles the hundreds of murders of women, journalists, students, and activists in Mexico since the 1990s, and the insidious culture of cartel violence and state corruption behind them. Spanning the notorious femicides in Ciudad Juárez at the northern border to the murders of journalists in Veracruz in the south, director Julien Elie draws on the testimony of determined investigators, family members, journalists, priests, lawyers, and activists, tracing a path of organized and unpunished criminality that involves drug and human trafficking, extortion, kidnapping, and collusion with the governments on both sides of the border.


Julien Elie made his film debut in 2002 with The Last Meal, his first documentary about the death penalty in Texas. Several years later, after many travels in Mexico, he decided to do a film about the surge of violence in this country. Dark Suns is his first film in fifteen years.


Written and directed by: Julien Elie
Cinematographers: Ernesto Pardo, François Messier-Rheault
Picture editor: Aube Foglia
Original music: Mimi Allard
Sound: Daniel Capeille, Gabriel Villegas, Mimi Allard, Bernard Gariépy Strobl
Production manager: Amaia Aldamiz
Executive producer: Richard Brouillette
Producer: Julien Elie
Produced by: Cinéma Belmopán and División Del Norte Distribution Fun Film


Filmmaker: Julien Elie
Country: Canada
Year: 2018
Runtime: 154'
Format: HD


festival highlights

True/False Film Festival 2019

CPH:DOX 2019

Guadalajara International Film Festival  2019




Grand Prize for Best Canadian Feature - Montreal International Documentary Festival 2018

Audience Award & Special Mention - FICUNAM 2019

Best Film in the Human Rights Competition - BAFICI 2019

Best Film Human Rights Section - Montevideo 2019

Melbourne International Film Festival 2019