OaxacaCine Features 7 Documentaries
Published on Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:05
By Brendan Missett
OaxacaCine, a local association that was formed to exhibit and preserve the influence of film in Oaxaca, has announced its spring program, which features seven documentary films that are part of the 2012 Traveling Tour.
The films, many of which have received awards and acclaim at prior film festivals, will be show beginning Friday, April 27th and concluding Thursday, May 3. Each documentary starts at 7 p.m. at the Macedonio Alcalá Theater. This season is distinguished by free entry to all functions and the presence of three filmmakers at the event.
The program opens with "Araya", a 1959 film by Margot Benacerraf on the topic of Araya, Venezuela, one of the most infertile areas of the world, and the traditional culture of its inhabitants who rely on fishing and salt extraction from the sea for survival.
On Saturday, April 28th the program features "Slow Action" by British filmmaker Ben Rivers, who will be in attendance. Rivers' film is a post-apocalyptic fiction blended with documentary, which uses the principles of bio-geography to extrapolate how a significant rise in sea level can isolate areas of land and allow for the creation of utopias and mini-societies.
Sunday's feature, by Thai artist Jakrawal Nilthamrong, is called "Unreal Forest," a contribution to the "Forget Africa" Project. The presentation continues with the Portuguese documentary Red Line, on April 30th, which revisits Portugal's revolutionary period, followed by the Mexican film "The Pedestal," which follows a cemetery caretaker who each night watches over the mausoleums of the region's drug traffickers. The filmmaker Natalia Almada will be be present May 1st for the viewing.
The final days of the OaxacaCine event feature "Viva the Antipodes!" in which filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky travels to places on earth that are diametrically opposite one another (such as Entre Rios, Argentina and Shanghai, China) and examines how these places are mysteriously related. On the last day, Mexican documentarian Everardo Gonzalez will preside over his film "Cuates of Australia," which follows a group of native Australians who must make an exodus in search of water each year during the dry season.
English speakers take note: portions or all of "Viva the Antipodes!," "Unreal Forrest" and "Slow Action" are shown in English.