Guatemalan teen Astrid was kidnapped and held for ransom. Her family paid and she was released, but the family still gets phone calls from her abductors, calling her a pawn and threatening to snatch her again. Desperate, she enters the U.S. illegally and faces deportation. In Guatemala, one person is kidnapped every day. Targets are frequently children who have family in the United States. Ninety-eight percent of the kidnappers are never punished. Swiss journalist and documentarian Jean Cosme Delaloye examines the problem of abductions for ransom by focusing on Astrid’s case, and two others. A father mourns the murder of his kidnapped wife and struggles to raise two young sons who witnessed their mother’s death. Fifteen-year- old Kelly was snatched, brutally raped, and murdered. Most of Kelly’s family has fled to the U.S., but her cousin Karin remains in Guatemala, working with the Survivors Network group to put Kelly’s kidnappers in prison. The film follows court cases that will decide the fates of Astrid and some of the kidnappers.
Co-presented by Latino Council and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Kids In Need of Defense (KIND)
, and Legal Aid of Marin
With support from Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco