8.1 Degrees of Guilt

8.1 Degrees of Guilt

Imagine being born from a “sterile” woman and being treated as a miracle baby. Imagineexperiencing the most devastating earthquake in Mexican history and being cursed as a kid by a collective trauma that turned every single opportunity in life into a deep sense of guilt.

8.1 Degrees of Guilt refers to the seismic intensity that shook Mexico City in 1985, leaving over 40,000 victims, causing extreme devastation and yet changing my life forever. Although my relationship to this natural disaster is collateral, it changed drastically the way my parents raised me. Their unconditional love triggered a survival mechanism that became their ultimate sacrifice: my exile and emotional detachment. In my journey back home, I’ll unveil to my parents the sense of guilt and fear of their death I’ve been carrying for 31 years.


Gibran Ramos is a Mexican-Canadian filmmaker based in London. He currently studies an MA degree in Documentary filmmaking at Goldsmiths University but has collaborated with award winning director Nick Knight (Show Studio) and multidisciplinary artist Tupac Matir. With over 10 years experience in broadcast TV as video editor, I’m mostly interested in new technologies as Virtual Reality and innovative storytelling techniques. «8.1 Degrees of guilt is my first short documentary but I’m in pre-production for a VR doc about a Hindu celebration (to be film in February 2017) and in development for a 20 mins doc about arranged marriage in young girls (to be film in Mali summer 2017).»



United Kingdom

 6  minutes

Director, Writer : Gibran Ramos