Opinion | The Death Cleaner

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For a forensic cleaner in Mexico City, helping grieving families heal is at the core of his service.

Video by Louise Monlaü

Ms. Monlaü is a documentary filmmaker.

Death is Donovan Tavera’s business. For nearly 20 years, Tavera has been a forensic cleaner in Mexico City, providing families of the deceased with the solace of a clean home. For mourning families, his services become integral to their healing process. The short documentary above, filmed before the pandemic, considers what it means to wash away what’s left after someone dies.

Louise Monlaü is a filmmaker based in Paris.

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