FILM: The Presence of Absence


Anthony Fontes reviews “Those Who Remain,” a documentary about the loved ones migrants leave behind in Mexico.

An eight-year-old girl leans in towards the phone, chewing on the tip of a pen as her father’s voice crackles over the line.

In Spanish, he asks, “Do you know how much I want to see you?”

“How much?” She leans over the phone a little closer. There is a moment of silence.

“Like from here to where you are.”

Anthony Fontes
Publication date: 
January 11, 2011
Publication type: 
Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies Article