Anaïs Taracena
El silencio del topo
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El silencio del topo

El silencio del topo

Anaïs Taracena

91 min.
Subtitles: English

A memorable story about the Schindler of Guatemala's civil war. Journalist Elías Barahona silently saved dozens of dissidents from the regime.


Anaïs Taracena
Executive Production
Anaïs Taracena, Pedro G.García
Eduardo Cáceres
Rafael González, Anaïs Taracena
Julio López
Anaïs Taracena
Carla Molina
Pedro G.García

The memorable story of Guatemala's Schindler. In the late 1970s, journalist Elías Barahona, AKA “El Topo”, infiltrated the military government as head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs’ press office. Barahona put his life on the line every day to save dozens of dissidents from the regime. In 2014, El Topo decides to break decades of silence to testify in a state trial. Filmmaker Anais Taracena accompanies him with her camera. A few weeks after testifying, Barahona dies. Taracena gives voice to the forgotten and follows in the footsteps of El Topo to recover Guatemala’s silenced memory.

Interview with the director

About the direction
Anaïs Taracena

Anaïs Taracena


Anaïs Taracena is a documentary director and producer with a Master's degree in Political Science. S...

Awards and festivals

Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival
Canada, 2021
Sheffield Doc/Fest
United Kingdom, 2021
Truth Dox Competition (Dokufest)
Kosovo, 2021
Guadalajara IFF
Mexico, 2021
Málaga Film Festival
Spain, 2021
Anaïs Taracena
El silencio del topo
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"The main story is interesting and the same can be said of the adjacent stories about the conversation of cinema and how Guatemala has survived in these field (...)".

— Paolo Kagaoan, In the Seats
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