“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.
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.
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.