Cárcel de carne
Jail of Flesh

Roque Azcuaga

Mexico, Documentary, 2009
75 min, BD, Color
Spanish with English subtitles


Cárcel de carne is a documentary that delves into the inner workings of a rare neurological disease that is fatal, incurable and stems from unknown causes. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease, attacks the motor neurons, gradually eliminating a person's ability to move. The film is a first person narrative in which the terminally ill patients speak out about their condition. Through their life experiences we try to understand the disease and catch a glimpse into part of the human condition as it relates to death, hope and transcendence.


US Premiere

Roque Azcuaga, a native of Mexico City, studied at the UNAM and at the Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos (CUEC) in Mexico. In addition to his work as an editor for commercials, short films and feature films, he has also worked for radio and theatre. In 2007, Azcuaga obtained the support of IMCINE in order to produce the feature documentary Cárcel de carne.


Producer: Elsa Reyes
Production Company: CONACULTA-IMCINE, FOPROCINE, Zensky Cine
Screenwriter: Roque Azcuaga
Cinematographer: Enrique Stone
Editor: Roque Azcuaga, Elena Pardo
Sound Design: Fabiola Ramos
Music: Joseph Saint-Remy

carcel de carne


Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC)

Wed. April 28  7:00PM