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Preview Screening: The Engineer + Q&A

Israel Ticas is the only criminologist working in one of Latin America’s most dangerous countries, El Salvador. He owes his nickname, “The Engineer”, to his combination of forensic skills and his background in system engineering. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with directors Mathew Charles and Juan Passarelli.

Israel Ticas spends more time with corpses than with his own family. His life is in danger, but he continues to unearth secret mass graves to identify the hundreds of missing teenagers lost to El Salvador’s brutal gang conflict. He is the country’s only criminologist, nicknamed “The Engineer” as he combines his forensic skills with his background in system engineering to get the job done.

The Engineer

In 2012 the two biggest gangs (MS-13 and 18 Street) declared a controversial truce. While the murder rate fell dramatically from 14 to 5 a day, this is not the full picture, the statistics fail to account for the rise in the number of disappearances.

In The Engineer, filmmakers Mathew Charles and Juan Passarelli offer a unique insight into the fight against gang murders in El Salvador.

Directed by Mathew Charles and Juan Passarelli
Duration: 93′
Year: 2013


Juan Passarelli | talks
Matthew Charles | talks


Date and Time:

28 October 2013 at 7:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Frontline Club
13 Norfolk Place
W2 1QJ
+44 (0)20 7479 8950

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£10 standard, £8 concession, group discount available

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