Laura Herrero Garvín | Mexico | 2016 | Documentary | 73 min | PG
Family dramas play out against the backdrop of environmental degradation in this evocative poetic film about a flood-prone riverside community in Mexico. Pedro, a trans farmer, dreams of building a home, finding a partner and transitioning fully. Esther, their sister, documents her family and community life and aspirations for her children with a small, hard-won camcorder. The tangible effects of climate change are obvious, from the annual flood damage to crops, to a school that is struggling as the sole teacher leaves during the rainy season. Profiling Pedro, Esther and their father in beautifully shot scenes interspersed with footage from Esther’s camcorder, the film details the region’s agricultural destruction as well as the human impact of the annual flooding.
With studies of cinema and image in Spain, Mexico and the United States Laura arrived in Mexico in 2010 to work as director, photographer and editor in different cinematographic projects, especially documentaries. He is a member of the audiovisual association La Sandía Digital and of the group EmergenciaMX, who work in the cinema for the restructuring of the social fabric and the defense of Human Rights. El Remolino is her first documentary feature as director. He is currently in the development phase of his new feature documentary, La Mami and studying a Master in Documentary Film in Barcelona.
Esteban Arrangoiz | Mexico | 2015 | Short Film | 16 min | G
A poetic portrait of Julio César Cú Cámara, the man whose daily descents into Mexico City’s sewers help to maintain one of the world’s largest sanitation systems.