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138_Purgatorio: A Journey Into the Heart of the Border (2013)

  • The Mini Microcinema 1329 Main Street Cincinnati, OH, 45202 United States (map)

Doors at 7:00 PM ... Screening at 7:30 PM
@ The Mini - 1329 Main St.

Purgatorio: A Journey Into the Heart of the Border (Rodrigo Reyes, 2013)
Presented by the Center Film and Media Studies at the University of Cincinnati.

Migrant Journeys: Films from the Middle East, Mexico and Beyond Series programmed by Kaveh Baghdadchi (UC) and Julian Etienne

Purgatorio: A Journey Into the Heart of the Border
Directed by: Rodrigo Reyes
Year: 2013
Documentary – 82 min – Mexico/USA

Reyes' provocative essay film re-imagines the Mexico/U.S. border as a mythical place comparable to Dante's purgatory. Leaving politics aside, he takes a fresh look at the brutal beauty of the border and the people caught in its spell. By capturing a stunning mosaic of compelling characters and broken landscapes that live on the US/Mexico border, the filmmaker reflects on the flaws of human nature and the powerful absurdities of the modern world. An unusual border film, in the auteur tradition of camera-stylo,
Purgatorio ultimately becomes a fable of humanity, an epic and visceral experience with powerful and lingering images.

Purgatorio Still 1 Migrant.jpg

The feature will be preceded by to short films:

Recordando el ayer (2007) (9 minutes) / Alexandra Cuesta

We are the immigrants (2016) (6 minutes) / Catalina Matamoros


Earlier Event: September 24
137_Mystery Train (1989)
Later Event: September 27
139_Urban Projections 2 - Lecture