Purgatorio (2013), A film by Rodrigo Reyes
Wednesday, February 26th at 7:00pm
at The Gallery Hall (across from the Nickle Galleries) in Taylor Family Digital Library
ABOUT THE FILM
Following in the poetic tradition of Terence Malick, Ron Fricke and Werner Herzog, Purgatorio is a beautiful, elegant portrait of the US Mexican border and the lives of those who live in its shadow. At some moments cynical, others hopeful, the film offers us a difficult, direct and often brutal vision of the border, which is ultimately framed as a testament to human division, separation and indifference towards each other. Rather than taking a “Voice of God” or a talking head approach, director Rodrigo Reyes limits his voice-over to offering poetic contexts to the images, and rather than speaking for the subjects he allows them to speak for themselves, with all their faults and complexities. So although the images are often disturbing, they work in a holistically way, as an interrogation and exploration of human separation.
“A searing, horrifying, at times starkly beautiful documentary ode to the netherworlds surrounding the U.S.-Mexico barrier” – Andrew Barker, VARIETY
“An elegiac and cinematically shot poem filled with emotional narration and iconography” – Christine Davila, IndieWIRE
“Beautifully photographed, exquisitely crafted film with poetic overtones and a wide sweeping vision” – Alan Berliner, Documentary Filmmaker
• Jury Award for Best Documentary, NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL
• Jury Award for Best Documentary, THIS HUMAN WORLD
• 25 New Faces of Independent Film, FILMMAKER MAGAZINE
• Purgatorio was shot with a film crew of three over the course of 4 weeks in Mexico during Fall 2011
• The idea for the film was seeded in 2009 during Reyes' harsh encounter with the realities of the Mexico/US border while filming in Mexico for the experimental documentary Memories of the Future
• The film maker spent 2 years as a Spanish interpreter in an emergency room and a state court to fund Purgatorio
30 minute discussion to follow screening (TBA)
All seating is first come, first served. Please arrive early.
Free for students with ID and community by donation ($5.00 – $10.00 suggested)
All proceeds go towards the Campus Food Bank.