TACIT FILMS LTD and Mark Aitken present DEAD WHEN I GOT HERE. Compassion and life affirmation 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... 1000 Caravaggios.

They are you and you are them - it is our lives.'

Ed Vulliamy - The Guardian

'The most beautiful, moving yet uplifting documentary I've seen in years!

Must watch!'


'A great mix of tragedy, pathos, fear and humour… the film is timeless.' 

This website serves as an extension to the feature documentary DEAD WHEN I GOT HERE. News; direct sales of the film and book; exclusive scenes that didn't make the final cut; photo essays and interviews all go towards a more involved experience. There are many contributors. If you wish to add anything then please get in touch.