Emily Pederson
Emily (b. 1989) is an independent documentary photographer and filmmaker who began her career in Mexico, spending 3 years covering struggles for justice and the impact of the Drug War on Mexico. Her work focuses on human rights, social movements, and the aftermath of violence. She builds relationships with communities over course of months or years and brings her work back to them afterwards so that it can become part of their family albums and part of the way they pass down their history. She believes the power of images play an important role in our perceptions and collective memory, especially when the powerful are not held accountable or attempt to manipulate public opinion. Her award-winning first short film, They Took Them Alive, delves into the Mexican government’s coverup of the disappearance of 43 students at the hands of police and their families’ ongoing fight for accountability. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Atlantic, La Jornada, and El Faro, among others. She holds a degree in Photography & Human Rights from New York University, and is a member of Women Photograph and The Video Consortium. Now back in New York, she works as a photo editor at Blink, was a participant in Magnum Foundation’s Photography Expanded Lab and is working on projects about immigration.
Until We Find You
On September 26, 2014, a mass disappearance sent shock waves through Mexican society. That night, students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers College were traveling by bus in Iguala, Guerrero when they came under armed attack by police. The series of shootouts left over 20 students wounded and three dead, one of whom was tortured and found the next day with no eyes or face. During the attacks, police abducted 43 of the students. They have not been seen since. This series follows the aftermath of these attacks for the community of the 43 missing students. The case, which implicated the city’s mayor, every police force in the area, and the military, sparked a mass protest movement led by the families of the disappeared. It became an enduring symbol for Drug War corruption and the more than 30,000 missing people across the country. Despite the outcry, inconsistencies and deception in the government’s investigation have pointed to a coverup, and the students’ whereabout remain unknown. Like the families of other missing people across Mexico, the loved ones of the 43 students are consumed and tormented by uncertainty. They have no body, no answers, no justice, and no closure. Three years later, they continue to demand accountability and search for their missing sons.

The Addis Foto Fest (AFF) was established in 2010 by award-winning photographer and cultural entrepreneur, Aida Muluneh. The festival is organized by Desta for Africa Creative Consulting PLC. AFF is a biennial international photography festival held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It has previously featured exhibitions, portfolio reviews, conferences, projections and film screenings in many different renowned venues. It is also the first and only international photography festival in East Africa.