POV: What is your motivation as a filmmaker? Why did you chose documentary in this case?
Lourdes Portillo: Because it was the most compelling. Only real life gives you that immediacy, that I find so absent in narrative.
POV: What generally inspires your interest?
Portillo: Good stories, good art and a good conversation.
POV: What inspired you to make “Senorita Extraviada”?
Portillo: The extraordinary lack of interest on the part of the Mexican Government to deliver Justice in the face of such atrocities.
POV: What were your goals in making “Senorita Extraviada”? And what would you like to see happen with it?
Portillo: To sensitize the audience to the facts and allow them to feel some compassion for their fellow human beings.
POV: What was the most surprising thing to you in making “Senorita Extraviada”?
Portillo: The veil of silence that hushed any conversation about the murders in Guars [Juarez].
POV: What are you currently working on or what would you like to be working on?
Portillo: A blooming rose garden.
POV: What are your favorite websites?
Portillo: The Pedro Almodovar website.
For more information about the films of Lourdes Portillo visit www.lourdesportillo.com.