“SUICIDE STORIES MUST BE TOLD”

ALEMARÍA is a real-facts suicide documentary film by El Claroscuro. María Robertson tells the real story of her husband Alejandro Justiniano.  He was an important economist who worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Ale had anxiety problems, and he took his own life in 2018, few hours after leaving the hospital where he was admitted for severe depression. María honors her husband and tells the truth.

Documentary Film teaser in English (Spanish subtitled)

A REAL STORY

María and Alejandro met in 1999 at Princeton University, in New Jersey, when they were both studying for their doctorates. Soon they fell in love, got married, and together formed a beautiful family and an enviable home with their son Lucas.

Ale was an exceptional man, a good friend, an excellent son, a fantastic husband, and a caring father. He had a brilliant mind, like few others. He was working as an adviser in the privileged US macroeconomics group at the Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago. He gave lectures and courses on economics all over the world. His life was complete and perfect in the eyes of all, he was successful professionally and socially.

But nobody knew that Ale’s mind also tormented him. Alejandro suffered from anxiety problems. At the age of 40, in 2014, these problems worsened due to the ineffectiveness of the medical treatment he had been receiving for years.

ALJEANDRO JUSTINIANO, MARÍA ROBERTSON AND. LUCAS JUSTINIANIO
Ale, María & Lucas

FROM SIDE EFFECTS TO SUICIDE

At the end of 2017, Ale suffered from major depression caused by side effects of some medications with black box warning. After one failed suicide attempt, he was admitted in a psychiatric hospital in February 2018 to remedy all that suffering. But his life unjustly ended forever in April 2018. Alejandro took his own life, at the age of 44, few hours after receiving a medical discharge that the doctors should never have given him due to the real state in which he was.

Alejandro didn’t know it, but his 11-year-old son, Lucas, and his wife María, were his guardian angel until last second. But from that day, April 7, 2018, Alejandro forever became the guardian angel of his wife and son.

THE DOCUMENTARY FILM

In this audiovisual piece, María Robertson honors the memory of her husband, writes the ending that Ale deserves and answers all the uncomfortable questions. She does it from her heart, from the origin and from the cities and places where they lived it together. María also has valuable testimonies from friends, family and influential people in Alejandro’s life.

Real-facts documentary produced, scripted and directed by EL CLAROSCURO with original music by Josué Vergara, which responds to María’s need to tell what really happened with her husband. And to help people who have been left in the same situation. This documentary is being shot in cities such New York, Princeton (New Jersey), Washington, Chicago, Miami, Buenos Aires, Barcelona, ​​Cádiz and Valencia.



María Robertson, PhD

María Robertson by elclaroscuro.es

Maria Robertson Justiniano was born in England and grew up in Canada. She currently resides in Valencia (Spain). She is the wife of Alejandro Justiniano and the mother of their son; Lucas Justiniano.

In 1999 she met Alejandro at Princeton University (New Jersey, USA) where they both studied for their doctorates. María has a doctorate in Golden Age Literature from Princeton University. She is a writer and was a literature professor —among others— at the Loyola University in Chicago.

María is the executive producer of ALEMARÍA; she tells the story of Ale in first person with the desire to honor Ale’s memories and answer difficult questions about what happened.


Alejandro Justiniano Memories

¿Did you know Ale? If you have known Alejandro Justiniano and you want to share it with all us, please send us your photos and your comments to maria@alemaria.org

We’re gonna create an Ale’s Memories Collage

Ale & Ceci, one of his best friends ever


SUICIDE DOCUMENTARY FILM ALEMARIA

ALEMARÍA’s TEAM

EXECUTIVE PRODUCTION
María Robertson

SCRIPT
EL CLAROSCURO

ART DESIGN
EL CLAROSCURO

BACKDROPS
Slavomir Kondratovic

STUDIOS
Camaleó Barcelona

MAKE UP (BCN)
Aylen

PRODUCTION
EL CLAROSCURO

DIRECTED
EL CLAROSCURO

EDITED
EL CLAROSCURO

COVER ILUSTRATOR
Sandra Cumplido

CAMERA & LENSES (ESPAÑA)
EPC

MAKING-OF STILLS (BCN)
Lucas Justiniano

MAIN STORY
María Robertson

CINEMATOGRAPHY
EL CLAROSCURO

SCORE
Josué Vergara

MAKE UP (VLC)
Alicia Pérez

MAKING OF (BARNA)
Gero Ebang

More info here


A Documentary Film By www.elclaroscuro.es