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“Beauty and brutality on two sides of a border.” - The New York Times | BEST U.S. LATINO FILM - Cinema Tropical Awards | JURY AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY - San Diego Latino Film Festival | JURY AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY - New Orleans Film Festival
Latinx Experience • Immigration & Border Studies • Film Studies
Date of Completion: 2013 | Run Time: 52 minutes | Language: In English and Spanish with English & Spanish Subtitles | Captions: Yes | Directors: Rodrigo Reyes & Inti Cordera
Rodrigo Reyes’ provocative essay film re-imagines the Mexico/U.S. border as a mythical place comparable to Dante’s purgatory. Leaving politics aside, he takes a fresh look at the brutal beauty of the border and the people caught in its spell. By capturing a stunning mosaic of compelling characters and broken landscapes that live on the US/Mexico border, the filmmaker reflects on the flaws of human nature and the powerful absurdities of the modern world. An unusual border film, in the auteur tradition of caméra-stylo, PURGATORIO ultimately becomes a fable of humanity, an epic and visceral experience with powerful and lingering images.