TACIT FILMS LTD and Mark Aitken present DEAD WHEN I GOT HERE. Compassion and redemption are discovered by a man as he manages a mental asylum run by its own patients in Juárez, Mexico. The seeds of hope profoundly brought to life by his daughter in LA who thought him dead, finding him during the making of this timeless film. 

 A masterpiece, epic and intimate.

The faces in this film are like a thousand Caravaggios -

they are us and we are them. Ed Vulliamy, THE OBSERVER


...as beautiful as anything you will find in Bresson or Tarkovsky, it is one of the finest examples of documentary filmmaking I've ever seen. Scott Graham, SCOTTISH MENTAL HEALTH FILM FESTIVAL


Gripping and tender. THE LANCET


The film takes people to a place they did not know and did not expect to visit, the humanity of the insane.

Charles Bowden, WRITER





Scottish Mental Health 2015


Docs DF 2015, Mexico


Big Sky Doc Fest 2016, USA

Cork Film Festival 2015

Dok Leipzig 2015

APHA 2015, USA

FAS 2015, Finland

Plaza Classic 2015, USA

DocFest 2015, San Francisco

Medfest 2015, London


Other screenings:

Ritzy Cinema, UK

Frontline Club, UK

Lorenzen Centre, USA

Mesilla Valley, USA

Vision & Accion, Mexico

Maudsley Foundation, UK

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