The Devil Never Sleeps

A story about family secrets is revealed when Lourdes Portillo travels to Mexico to learn the truth about her wealthy uncle’s death.

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Series
Global Voices
Premiere Date
September 30, 1997
Length
60 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call
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    1995 CineFestival - San Antonio -Best Documentary
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    1995 San Francisco International Film Festival-Golden Gate Award, Special Juror's Award
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    1995 Mostra Internacional de Films de Donnes-Best Documentary
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    1995 San Juan Cinemanifest, PR -Best Feature Length Documentary
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    1995 International Documentary Association (IDA)-Best Five Docs of the Year
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    Producer

    Lourdes Portillo

    Lourdes Portillo has lived in the U.S. since 1960. Her credits include the Oscar-nominated documentary feature, Las Madres: The Mothers Of The Plaza De Mayo, as well as La Ofrenda: The Days Of The Dead; Columbus On Trial; Mirrors Of The Heart for the PBS series, Americas; The Devil Never Sleeps for Independent Lens; Corpus: A Home Movie For Selena and Senorita Extraviada Show more for POV; and 13 Days, a multimedia piece for the San Francisco Mime Troupe. Show less

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    The Film

    The Devil Never Sleeps is a “whodunit” documentary about family secrets. Filmmaker Lourdes Portillo received a phone call informing her of the mysterious death of her wealthy Mexican uncle Oscar. Officially ruled a suicide, Portillo’s relatives claimed murder, offering several possible suspects including a business partner, a ranch hand, and Oscar’s young widow who stood to inherit everything.

    Traveling to Mexico, Portillo attempts to learn the truth about her powerful uncle. Using interviews, old snapshots and home movies, she finds a complicated web of family secrets, intrigue, rumor and betrayal that makes her enigmatic uncle’s murder seem ever more likely, yet ever more obscure. As the Mexican saying goes, “When evil is lurking, the devil never sleeps.”

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