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, epic and intimate.

The faces in this film are like a thousand Caravaggios - they are us, and we are them.

This film is about Mexico, but also about all of us. 

 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, SMHAFF


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




Dok Leipzig 2015

Scottish Mental Health 2015

Docs DF 2015, Mexico

FAS 2015, Finland

APHA 2015, USA

DocFest 2015, San Francisco

Plaza Classic 2015, USA

Medfest 2015, London

Other screenings:

Frontline Club, UK

Lorenzen Centre, USA

Mesilla Valley, USA

Vision & Accion, Mexico

Maudsley Foundation, UK

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.