2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

Kingdom of Shadows

Tuesday, March 17
11:00AM - 12:13PM

Stateside Theatre
719 Congress Ave


Kingdom of Shadows follows three people grappling with the hard choices and destructive consequences of the U.S.-Mexico “drug war”. Filmmaker Bernardo Ruiz weaves together the seemingly disconnected stories of an activist nun in deeply scarred Monterrey, Mexico, a U.S. Federal agent on the border, and a former Texas smuggler to reveal the human side of an often-misunderstood conflict that has resulted in the “disappearance” of more than 23,000 people in Mexico—a growing human rights crisis that only recently has made international headlines.

Section: Documentary Spotlight
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Country: USA
Language: English and Spanish with Subtitles
Year: 2015
Runtime: 73min

Director: Bernardo Ruiz

Executive Producer: Jeff Skoll, Diane Weyermann

Producer: Katia Maguire,

Cinematographer: Antonio Cisneros, Juan Hernández, Claudio Rocha

Editor: Carla Gutierrez

Music: T. Griffin

Additional Credits: Executive Producer: Carlos Gómez Andonaegui, Executive Producer: Jimena Martí


Bernardo Ruiz was born in Guanajuato, Mexico and grew up in Brooklyn, NY. His first documentary, Reportero, was nominated for a 2014 News & Documentary Emmy Award. It premiered at Full Frame (U.S.), IDFA (Europe) and Ambulante (Mexico) and aired on P.O.V. in 2013. He is the founder of Quiet Pictures, an independent documentary production company.

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