Purgatorio  {Purgatorio: Viaje al Corazon de la Frontera}
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Purgatorio: Viaje al Corazon de la Frontera
Mexico, 2013, 81 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: USA
Topics: Latino, Political
Program: True Stories
Language: Spanish English Sub-Titles

In this fresh look at the harsh realities of the border between the USA and Mexico, director Rodrigo Reyes chooses not to editorialize; instead he gives a voice to the people who live in a kind of purgatory in the shadow of the fence. He talks to Mexicans who dream of crossing over and others who have lost all hope. He talks to an American pastor who leaves water for migrants in the desert, a Minuteman who works to stop them, and a coroner who’s left to deal with often-unidentifiable bodies.
Reyes and DP Justin Chin find a stark poetry in the physical form of the fence itself, and powerful images of its influence on nearby communities (principally in the vicinity of the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts).

“A searing, horrifying, at times starkly beautiful documentary. Brilliantly photographed, this is a strikingly assured work [...] offering an impressionistic ground-level view of the simmering humanitarian crisis occurring just outside, and often within, American borders.”
- Andrew Barker, Variety

Filmmaker(s) attending: Cinematographer

DIRECTOR: Rodrigo Reyes
Producer: Inti Cordera
Editor: Manuel Tsingaris
Screenwriter: Rodrigo Reyes, Hugo Perez
Cinematographer: Justin Chin
Music: Rodrigo Cordera
Filmography: Memorias del Futuro (Doc, 2012)
Print Source: RR Cinema

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