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Yolanda Ernst touching her brother's hand after 34 years
Yolanda Ernst touching her brother's hand after 34 years

(mas abajo en español)

Imagine not knowing if your loved one is dead or alive

or if they had been tortured;                                                                

Imagine searching for more than 30 years for answers;                    

Imagine there is a way to find closure;

Imagine there is a way you could help... 

Summary

Searching for Wandering Souls is a  feature-length documentary that chronicles the story of Central American mothers that are looking for 70.000 missing sons and daughters that disappeared in mexico and the US border on their way to look for a better life. It's also about Guillermo Ernst who disappeared under the Argentine military regime in 1976.Thirty-five years later his family recovered his remains from a mass grave. 

Centro American Woman on the immigration trail looking for their children
Centro American Woman on the immigration trail looking for their children

My Story

When I was a child in South America, my Uncle Guillermo was my hero. He was a singer and composer who was was killed as a Montonero freedom fighter in 1976 by the Argentinian government under Rafael Videla. After searching for over 30 years, we found his remains in a massive grave and buried him as he wished in a song he wrote.

This is a compelling story of courage and the power of memory. The government wanted us to forget, but the power of love made our   memories of my uncle stronger. Over 30,000 families lost their loved ones in South America.

Guillermo Ernst's Song

Guillermo Ernst  in the 70's singing the song El Errante
Guillermo Ernst in the 70's singing the song El Errante
 

El Errante (The Wanderer) - A song composed and sung by Guillermo Ernst

My Northern mountains are calling me

To die here

Where the stream waters the soil

Where it carries along what is left of me

Missing People on their way to the USA

My documentary will not only explore my family’s personal story, it will also investigate the stories of the Central American mothers that are still searching for their disappeared children in Mexico and the US border.

The documentary film Searching For Wandering Souls tells the story of families across Latin America on a journey to find the truth about their loved ones.

Why Should YOU Care?

This is still happening globally, millions have disappeared and that number is only growing. We are not the only families searching.This is not just a story from the past. 

Enforced disappearance is a dehumanizing practice which has long-lasting and damaging consequences for both the disappeared person and his or her families and loved ones.

Over 30,000 South American families have their loved ones disappeared during the reign of military governments.My family’s journey to recover the remains of my uncle revealed that we are not alone. And now 70,000 Central American mothers who are looking for their disappear children.

To know the truth and bury our loved ones it’s a fundamental human right. Without it families are left sorrowful and not able to move on or experiencing the closure that comes with laying a loved one to rest.

What I have shot

I have shot 50 hours of footage already and now I am looking to develop the project further.  

What we want to create

We are tying to finish our feature film documentary so we can submitted it to festivals like Sundance in the United States Venice in Italy and Cannes in France among Others. This way, the voices of those who have being missing can be heard globally, loud and clear.

We already have a letter of intention to exclusively distribute our film from the President& CEO of Lake Love Productions Ltd.

I’m happy that me and my family were lucky to have found my uncle. Now it’s my turn to give a voice to the disappeared because they still exist. Even without a body they have a memory. Help us honor their memory, help us make them visible.

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Please help us reach our goal, contribute now and tell their story.

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Camilo Ramirez, Carlos Ernst, Yolanda Ernst, Yolanda Ramirez,and the body of Guillermo Ernst
Camilo Ramirez, Carlos Ernst, Yolanda Ernst, Yolanda Ramirez,and the body of Guillermo Ernst

The Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team

 (Equipo Argentino de Antropología Forense, or "EAAF") is an Argentine not-for-profit scientific organization. It was created in 1986 at the initiative of various human rights organizations with the aim of developing Forensic anthropology techniques to help locate and identify the Argentinians who had disappeared during the "Dirty War"  period of military dictatorships in South America. Since then, the Team's members have conducted field work in 30 other countries.

They are now working in identify bodies in Mexico.

ESPAÑOL

El Errante (canción de Guillermo)

...Después de muchos caminos

después de mucho vagar

Vuelvo a mi tierra querida

para descanzar..

Ayudame a completar el proceso de producción del documental Los errantes, que cuenta la íntima historia de una mujer chilena y una centroamericana que buscan a sus seres queridos desaparecidos. La mujer chilena busca a su hermano desaparecido en la dictadura chilena, 35 años atrás, mientras que la centroamericana busca a su hijo recién desaparecido en su camino a Estados Unidos.

Generar el encuentro entre una mujer chilena y una Centro Americana, para desentrañar las claves del dolor y la superviviencia.

Mostrar al mundo la necesidad urgente de poner fin al sufrimiento de las personas que tienen un ser querido desaparecido.

Denunciar unas prácticas que no solo pertenecen al pasado, sino que siguen ocurriendo hoy en día.

Movilizar las conciencias y generar acciones que ayuden a los familiares de desaparecidos a encontrar a sus seres queridos.

Mi tío Guillermo Ernst estuvo desaparecido desde 1976. 34 años después, encontramos sus restos y tuvimos la alegría de poder despedirlo. Parece contradictorio pero la alegría, en estos casos, vive al lado de la tragedia. Esta vivencia marca el punto de partida de este proyecto, que busca reflexionar en torno a la familia de los desaparecidos y su búsqueda constante, a la necesidad de saber qué pasó con ellos.
 
Soy cineasta y siento que es un deber para mí darle voz a esta terrible historia que se sigue repitiendo. Los desaparecidos no son el pasado, son el presente. Las Madres de Mayo siguen buscando. Las Madres Centroamericanas siguen buscando a mas de 70.000 hijos e hijas que se perdieron rumbo a EEUU. En todo el mundo siguen existiendo desaparecidos por actos brutales de violencia.
 
Afortunadamente, mi familia y yo tuvimos la suerte de poder encontrar a Guillermo y enterrarlo. Es por eso que mi objetivo actual es darle visibilidad al desaparecido, porque ellos siguen existiendo. Aunque no tengan un cuerpo, tienen una memoria, Ayúdanos a que esa memoria quede registrada en la imagen de este documental.

Agradecemos tu contribución para lograrlo.Tenemos que conseguir 50.000 hasta el 11 de julio sino logramos nuestra meta no recibiremos nada y tu tarjeta no será cobrada .Esas son las reglas de esta plataforma de kickstarter.

Rafael Videla, el dictador Argentino dijo una vez que si te hacía desaparecer era como si no hubieras existido, nosotros queremos mostrarle que estaba equivocado nuestro documental es una prueba de ello.

Una parte del documental ya fue filmado pero aún falta mucho por hacer. 

Ayúdanos a terminar esta película. 

Si no logramos la totalidad de lo que pedimos kicstarter no nos dará nada, es así como funciona esta plataforma. Ayudanos a lograr nuestra meta.


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Perks

2,500 3 days at the Hotel made of Salt
2,500 3 days at the Hotel made of Salt
                                                 
Salar de Uyuni
Salar de Uyuni


 

$5,000 and $10,000 perks Hotel Los Tajibos
$5,000 and $10,000 perks Hotel Los Tajibos

Risks and challenges

Drawing on my family’s story, I was able to shoot very intimate and powerful moments with other families who share our journey.

My challenge will be to create the same lever of intimacy when I'm shooting without intruding in other peoples lives.

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