Acclaimed Mexican filmmakers Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso and Jonás Cuaron blasted the Mexican government over case of the 43 missing college students at an awards ceremony in New York City.
"The federal government argues that these events are all just local violence — not so," said del Toro, reading a statement at a Museum of Modern Art event honoring the work of Alfonso Cuarón, the Oscar-winning director and producer of "Gravity," on Monday night.
"We believe that these crimes are systemic and indicate a much greater evil: the blurred lines between organized crime and the high-ranking officials in the Mexican government," read del Toro, who read the statement on behalf of the Cuaróns as well as fellow Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu, who was not present at the event.
The case of the 43 missing teachers' college students in Iguala, Mexico, has attracted world attention. Authorities have said the Mayor of Iguala and other town officials asked criminal gangs to kill and dispose of the students. Families of the students say they will continue asking for answers until they had physical proof of their loved ones.