Drought  {Cuates de Australia}
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Cuates de Australia
Mexico, 2011, 83 Minute Running Time
Topics: Documentary, Environment, Latino
Program: True Stories
Language: Spanish English Sub-Titles

Awards: Winner: Best Documentary, Los Angeles Film Festival; Best Documentary, Guadalajara Film Festival

The stark landscape of a remote stretch of plains in Coahuila, Mexico is as harsh as it is spectacular. The inhabitants of Cuates de Australia – rancheros, mostly – work from dawn ‘til dusk every day to eke out their survival, as their water supply dwindles and clouds drift by yielding not a drop of rain. And yet these people maintain their good cheer, with a combination of humility, acceptance, and work ethic. Their connection to the earth and sky seems to give them strength, and the hope for rain and new life – expressed most vividly in a through-story of a young couple expecting their first child – doesn’t waver even when they have no choice but to leave their land, temporarily, in a mass exodus.

Drought is the most accomplished work yet from award-winning Mexican director Everardo González. He weaves together his beautifully rounded narrative with unforgettable images of the Cuates de Australia ecosystem: humans, animals, land, and great, God-revealing skies. The richly textured sound design incorporates the gorgeous a cappella three-part harmonies of local folk music.

Winner: Best Documentary, Los Angeles Film Festival, Guadalajara Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Everardo Gonzalez
Producer: Martha Orozco
Editor: Felipe Gomez, Clementina Mantellini
Screenwriter: Everardo Gonzalez
Cinematographer: Everardo Gonzalez, Eduardo Herrera
Music: Cantos Cardenches
Filmography: The Open Sky (2011), The Old Thieves (2007), The Song of Pulque (2003)
Print Source: Deckert Distribution - deckert-distribution.com

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