Doors at 7:00 PM ... Screening at 7:30 PM
@ The Mini - 1329 Main St.
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 (Rodrigo Reyes, 2013)
Purgatorio: A Journey Into the Heart of the Border
Directed by: Rodrigo Reyes
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.