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2016 | Color | 93:58

The waterfalls of El Salto de Juanacatlán in Jalisco were once known as the “Mexican Niagara Falls”. The sudden arrival of the international industry in the 70s turned its waters into a poisoned hub for the destruction of life. Now, in the village of El Salto, one family rescues its memories, in a battle for the resurrection of the Santiago River’s waters – and for this village’s survival.

Direction: Polgovsky; Eugenio
Script: Polgovsky; Eugenio
Production: Polgovsky; Eugenio, Chavezmontes; Julio
Photography: Polgovsky; Eugenio
Sound: Enciso; Enrique, Polgovsky; Mara, Nieto; Marcelo, Polgovsky; Eugenio
Cast:González; Graciela, González; Sofía, Enciso; Enrique, Hernández; María Guadalupe
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Participation year at FICM: 2016

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At the latitude of the Tropic of Cancer in the desert of San Luis Potosí, Mexico, many families survive by hunting animals and selling them along the highway.

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A Leap of Life

Once the waterfall El Salto de Juanacatlán was called "the Mexican Niagara." The arrival of industry and its disposal of toxic pollutants destroyed the tributary of the Río Santiago, polluting the entire river. For the past 30 years, a family— Graciela, Enrique and their daughter Sofía—has fought against the indifference of authorities and the impunity of companies to rescue what once was a river full of life.

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