Del Toro and Cuaron recently attended MOMA's annual film benefit and used it as a political platform. They read an official statement, cosigned by absent Alejandro G. Inarritu:
"This past September, 43 students were kidnapped by the local police in the state of Guerrero, Mexico," he read. "After a period of apathy, the authorities only then were forced to search for them, due to the protestations of citizens across the entire country and the world, and they found the first of many, many mass graves. None of these graves contained the remains of the missing students. The bodies within them were those of other anonymous victims. Last week, the general attorney announced that the 43 students were handed over by the police to members of a drug cartel to be executed and burned in a public dumpster. But even of the identity of those charred remains awaits proper DNA."
"The federal government argues that these events are all just local violence — not so," Del Toro continued, "As Human Rights Watch observes, these killings and forced disappearances reflect a much broader pattern of abuse and are largely a consequence of the longstanding failure of the Mexican authorities. ... We believe that these crimes are systemic and indicate a much greater evil: the blurred lines between organized crime and the high-ranking officials in the Mexican government. We must demand the answers about this and we must do it now."