Venue: The Phoenix Cinema
Date: Friday 15th March
Director: Mark Mc Loughlin
THE DIRECTOR AND BRIAN MAGUIRE WILL INTRODUCE THE SCREENING
The mothers of the femicide victims of Juarez, Mexico, have been abandoned by their government – they have engaged the artist Brian Maguire to bring their stories to the international community. Art has become the last weapon available to them to fight the drug cartels and serial killers. Only 2% of these murder cases have been investigated and many of the mothers have themselves received death threats for simply demanding justice.
In 2010, 438 innocent women were murdered in Juarez. The mothers and families of the femicide victims of Juarez have bravely chosen to openly express their emotions through the work of the artist Brian Maguire as a last resort to find justice – for Brian it is a means of exploring how he can provide a voice for the mothers and a deeper understanding of their personal grief through his artworks. Juarez is presently ranked as the second most dangerous city in the world.
Brian Maguire has spent 3 years working in Juarez.
Blood Rising is a celebration of beauty through art and a revelation of the power of the human spirit to rise out of the most extreme and destructive situations. Its role is to honor the spirit and energy of the dead and to contextualize and understand the destruction of these lives and the mark it has left on the community.