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2019 | Color | 18:15

With an emphasis on local sounds, starring advertisements blared from shops and trucks, this documentary is a sensory ethnography of communication in a region founded by refugees from the eruption of the Chichonal volcano. An exploration of indigenous cultural richness and a condemnation of the pressures they face in trying to maintain their lands and their rights.


Country: México
Direction: Fairbanks; Charles, Kak; Saul
Script: Fairbanks; Charles, Kak; Saul
Production: Fairbanks; Charles, Kak; Saul
Photography: Fairbanks; Charles
Sound: Kak; Saul
Music: Paris; Hugo Lavender
Cast:Fairbanks; Charles, Kak; Saúl
Art direction: Kak; Saúl
Participation year at FICM: 2020

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