Non Western by Laura Plancarte was presented at the 18th FICMBy: Ximena Cuevas
The documentary Non Western (2020), directed by the filmmaker Laura Plancarte, is part of the Mexican Documentary Section of the 18th Morelia International Film Festival (FICM).
It tells the story of an interracial couple on their way to marriage in the state of Montana, United States, between urban life and rural life on the Lame Deer indigenous reservation. The film shows the obstacles faced by the couple and their families. Within their struggle, we witness a chain of generational oppression that portrays and questions gender and identity issues.
“This is a Mexican film directed by a director who has no borders,” said Iván Trujillo, co-producer of the film, who also pointed out that the documentary talks about universal issues about a macho reality.
The director, Laura Plancarte, told us about her interest in human behavior in everyday life, and how she managed to integrate it into the dialogue within documentary cinema since the natural feel of the movie makes it seem like it’s fiction. There, it was possible to find the richness of the film and to be able to answer why some decisions were made within the narrative. “In documentary cinema, it is important to have a dramatic arc, a bit similar to the sense of how fictional cinema works”, this is what the director seeks to do in her work.
Non Western will be available at Cinépolis KLIC for 24 hours from October 31 at 8:00 p.m.