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Revista Espejo explores the mission of The Red Note podcast with director Craig Whitney

Last week, the director of The Red Note podcast, Craig Whitney, spoke with Revista Espejo in Culiacán, Sinaloa to discuss the project's mission to capture the tragedy of the femicide in Juarez and to pay homage to the lives of its victims.

A translation of Craig's interview about The Red Note podcast is re-posted below.

Click on the following link to read Revista Espejo's profile of the podcast: La Nota Roja: Hora del podcast para escuchar los feminicidios


La Nota Roja: Time for the podcast to listen to the femicides We want to tell these stories, the lives of the victims; It is not just their death, it is their dreams, their jobs, their families. It is everything behind it and it is destroyed, said the project manager.

By Espejo Staff

The Red Note delves into wounds from the moment they appear until the moment the skin stops opening, until it remains at peace without finding rest, if the contradiction is valid.

The Red Note also removes the scar, goes there with an exploratory eagerness and encounters the discovery of dreams.

Because La Nota Roja tells the dreams of the victims of femicide in Ciudad Juárez. That is the audience's main focus, the path they travel.

The story takes place in Juárez because in recent history, in modern Mexico, it has a special relevance. Because that's where the horror story that came to the fore in the nineties occurred.

But these painful stories have also been taking place in Culiacán, Mazatlán, Mocorito, Navolato, Chiapas, Puebla, Sonora, Guatemala, Argentina or Colombia.

“The Femicides of Juárez is the story of feminicide in America. In other words, the reasons for the femicides in Juárez are the same as those of the femicides in Veracruz or Honduras or Costa Rica”, says Craig Whitney, director of The Red Note project.


In January and February 2020, journalists and filmmakers from Mexico and the United States traveled to Juárez. They spoke with relatives of victims of femicide, researchers, authorities and academics. They sought to understand the origins of femicide in this city.

The group found that behind the death and disappearance of women is human trafficking, arms trafficking, drug trafficking, corruption, government reluctance, and bureaucracy.

And around femicide are the pain of thousands of families, impunity and generally ineffective investigations.

As a result, the podcast La Nota Roja (The Red Note in its English version) emerged. A project that is featured by Lydia Cacho on all the major podcast platforms. It is a series of 10 episodes.

“We want to tell these stories, the lives of the victims; It is not just their death, it is their dreams, their jobs, their families. It is all that is behind and it is destroyed”, Whitney says.


The podcast contents are on Spotify than on Castbox, on Overcast, on Breake, Pocket Casts, Google Podcast and RSS feed.

Here the links for your reference:

The project is promoted by Imperative Entertainment, which produces and finances films, documentaries and podcasts; it has been behind projects such as Clint Eastwood's The Mule, All the Money in the World and Ruben Ostlund's The Square.


“It is a complicated story. There are 25 years of tragedy, thousands of victims, many investigations. The Red Note is an opportunity to build this story with many perspectives,” notes Whitney.

The director of The Red Note indicates that the weight of the project is in the stories, in those stories that are told alone, that must be repeated so that this stage of violence against women, femicide, is addressed.

The Red Note and / or The Red Note is told, it is heard.

TO KNOW: The project will become a documentary called “Flowers of the Desert: Stories from The Red Note" in 2021.


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