La guardia blanca

This documentary by Julien Elie exposes the regime of terror orchestrated by transnational corporations, the government, and organized crime to seize natural resources in Mexico. 


In Mexico, the landscape is disappearing under ash and dust. Private companies take over forests, rivers and mountains, imposing silence and terror. Farmers like Roberto de la Rosa take dangerous paths. Mexico holds the sad record for the murder of land defenders. Julien Elie exposes the regime of terror orchestrated by transnational corporations, government and organized crime to appropriate resources. His film illustrates the courageous resistance to this destructive colonialism. The camera reveals the faces and gestures of those who dare to speak out, showing a territory marked by physical and psychological scars. This documentary highlights the struggle to preserve the beauty and richness of an endangered territory.

Theme(s): , Climate Crisis, Colonialism, Environnement, Human Rights, Violence


Director | , Julien Élie
Year | , 2023
Country | , Québec
Duration | 110 minutes
Original language | , Spanish
Subtitles | , French
Image | Ernesto Pardo
Sound | Daniel Capeille, François Messier-Rheault, Hans Laitre, Sylvain Bellemare
Music | Mimi Allard
Editing | Xi Feng



Julien Élie


In 2002, Julien Élie directed "Le dernier repas", a plunge into the absurdity and horror of Huntsville, Texas, capital of the death penalty in the United States. After several years away from cinema, he directed "Soleils noirs" in 2018. The film won a dozen awards (CPH DOX, BAFICI, Filmfest Hamburg, Nashville Film Festival, etc.) and was presented at numerous festivals. "La Garde blanche" (2023) is his second feature film shot in Mexico.


Doclisboa International Film - Festival Hamburg Film - Festival RIDM Award winner: Magnus Isacsson Student Jury Award - DocsMX



17 July 2024 at 21h00

Parc Sir-Wilfrid-Laurier 

The film will be followed by a discussion with the director, Julien Élie.

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