Thursday, August 9, 2012
DocuWeeks hosts Everardo González's dry & dusty Mexican documentary, DROUGHT
DROUGHT -- the original title of which is Cuates de Australia, the communal land in northern Mexico going by that name -- is a quietly stunning, full-length (84-minute) movie that documents the natives of the area, their lives (and livestock) their work, as well as their annual exodus from home when the yearly drought (which seems to be growing worse, no surprise) occurs and there is simply no more water for anything -- drinking, bathing or irrigation.
Everardo González (shown at left) has created the kind of documentary that -- without narration and by virtue of quickly and firmly delivering its audience into this arid landscape via visuals that seem both familiar and strange -- escorts us into a new and unforgettable world. The Mexican film I was most reminded of is Eugenio Polgovsky's The Inheritors, though Polgovsky's is as green and verdant as this one is dry and dusty. Yet both docs place us smack amid an unusual group of people and allow us to live in their shoes for a time (metaphorically, I mean, since many of them are barefoot).
Docuweeks documentary film festival, will have a one-week run in both New York City (screening twice daily at the IFC Center from Friday, August 10 through Thursday, August 16) and in Los Angeles (screening twice daily at Laemmle's NoHo 7 in North Hollywood, from Friday, August 17, through Thursday, August 23). Filmmaker Everardo González will appear in person for Q&A's at both venues.