DocScapes Documentary Premiere: El Equipo


7 p.m., Sept. 26, 2023
portraits of bruce anderson, robin reineke and mirza monterroso

Tuesday, September 26, 2023 - 7 pm

The Loft Cinema - Free admission


DocScapes invites you to a special presentation of El Equipo, a documentary by filmmaker Bernardo Ruiz.  The screening will be followed by an in-person discussion with the director, accopanied by Robin Reineke, Mirza Monterroso and Dr. Bruce Anderson.

In 1984, Dr. Clyde Snow, a legendary U.S. anthropologist known for his work identifying the remains of Auschwitz physician Josef Mengele and the victims of the serial killer John Wayne Gacy, traveled to Argentina to help uncover the fates of the estimated 30,000 people who were forcibly disappeared during the 1970s dictatorship. Unwilling to work with many of the established scientists who had collaborated with the apparatus of the dictatorship, Snow set about to train a new group in the use of forensic anthropology. He eventually met a group of medical and anthropology students – some as young as 19 – and the team was soon digging up an unmarked grave on the outskirts of Buenos Aires.

Bernardo Ruiz is a two-time Emmy®-nominated documentary filmmaker and a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. He was born in Guanajuato, Mexico and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. El Equipo, his fifth feature documentary as director, was awarded the Jury Prize for best documentary feature at the 2023 Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival and was named a “Top 20 Audience Favorite” at the Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival. The film will air on PBS’s documentary series Independent Lens in the fall of 2023.

The event is sponored by the Southwest Center, the School of Anthropology, the Center for Latin American Studies, the Human Rights Practice Program and the School of Journalism.