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Mexican Documentary Film Section

A morir a los desiertos (2018, dir. Marta Ferrer Carné)

Synopsis: A journey to the semi-desert, in northern Mexico, looking for the last singers of “Cardenche”, a traditional song that speaks of love and contempt, of lament and tragedy. A peasant tradition from cotton farmers and miners, on its way to extinction. A song of survival.

Érase una vez (2018, dir. Juan Carlos Rulfo)

Synopsis: Everything begins when Luisa came down from heavens and arrives to a mysterious and magical world. Her mission is to find a dream.
On her trip she meets Angels and Fairies, Demons,Children and Wise Old Folk, who dance, play the drums, sang songs to imagine possible and impossible dreams. All of them want to fly so high and adventure so far because someone once told them that when they come into this world, every dream they have may come true.

Lejos del sentido (2018, dir. Olivia Luengas Magaña)

Synopsis: Upon discovering that something wasn’t right in her head, Liliana and her family seek a reason for her emotional instability and her frequent hospitalizations due to suicidal attempts. Facing a possible relapse and without the option of pshychiatric confinement, they will resort to home treatment.

M (2018, dir. Eva Villaseñor)

Synopsis: Miguel traces his way trying to survive, his reality becomes increasingly labyrinthine and become complicated to face his own being. His complex behavior with a repressive society, an invasion of confused ideas make this documentary a piece about the current human complexity in a Mexico dominated by violence.

Notas para no olvidar (2018, dir. Hatuey Viveros)

Synopsis: Piro is a mathematician whose obsessions have been captured in three notebooks; one to keep a rigorous control over his expenses, another to remind himself of the location of the things he collects in case he ever needs them, and one more for the most important events of his life. We will use these notes as a starting point against oblivion, a journey through the lives of three generations of my family.

El sembrador (2018, dir. Melissa Elizondo)

Synopsis: Bartolomé, a teacher in a multigrade school on the mountains of Chiapas in Mexico, knows well that pedagogy is not based on textbooks and cannot fit behind the four walls of a classroom. A true sower of knowledge unravels his philosophy and method and becomes a beacon of hope for the creation of a humanistic model of education based on curiosity and love for the outside world.

The Best Thing You Can Do with Your Life (2018, dir. Zita Erffa)

Synopsis: When my brother joins the Legionaries of Christ after finishing school, he disappears from our lives. We can only visit him once a year. His superiors are even allowed to read the letters we send him. I hate them.

Eight years pass by, before I visit him in his monastery. And suddenly, I am there, surrounded by 80 men in strange clothing. I see how they live — how they pray, eat, pray, go to class, pray. And I get my brother back — finally.

Tierra mía (2018, dir. Pedro González-Rubio)

Synopsis: A sensory approach on the hands that work the earth, heirs of a language and an ancestral knowledge to never forget the roots.

Una corriente salvaje (2018, dir. Nuria Ibáñez Castañeda)

Synopsis: Chilo and Omar seem to be the only two men on earth. They live on a solitary beach and their constant activity is fishing to survive. Their friendship, surrounded by sensuality, becomes a kind of a love story. Through their conversations and their relationship, the film explores and portraits human condition.

Vatreni (2018, dir. Edson Ramírez)

Synopsis: Croatian War of Independence narrated trough the experiences of the players of the National Soccer Team who won the third place during the 1998 FIFA World Cup, in France. Their victory delivered joy to a war­torn population and it is the highest achievement of a post­Yugoslavian nation in soccer competitions.

Ya me voy (2018, dirs. Armando Croda, Lindsey Cordero)

Synopsis: After 16 years of living in Brooklyn, New York, Felipe —an undocumented Mexican immigrant— struggle with the decision of returning home to Mexico with the wife and children he no longer really knows. Blending documentary with fictional elements and shot over two years, a lyrical meditation unfolds as Felipe traverses the streets of Brooklyn, reflecting on family, home, loneliness and love, and pondering where his life will go next.