Purgatorio: A Journey Into the Heart of the Border
Reyes’ provocative essay film re-imagines the Mexico/U.S. border as a mythical place comparable to Dante’s purgatory. Leaving politics aside, he takes a fresh look at the brutal beauty of the border and the people caught in its spell.
By capturing a stunning mosaic of compelling characters and broken landscapes that live on the US/Mexico border, the filmmaker reflects on the flaws of human nature and the powerful absurdities of the modern world. An unusual border film, in the auteur tradition of camera stylo,Purgatorio ultimately becomes a fable of humanity, an epic and visceral experience with powerful and lingering images.
* Best US-Latino Film, Cinema Tropical Awards
* Michael Moore Award for Best Documentary
* Best Documentary, San Diego Latino Festival
* Best Documentary, New Orleans Film Festival
* Season Premiere, America ReFramed
Supported by The Mexican Film Institute, IFP Documentary Lab
2013, 80 mins, 16:9
Producers: Inti Cordera
Executive Producers: Hugo Perez
Associate Producer: Miguel Reyes
Director of Photography: Justin Chin
Editor: Manuel Tsingaris
Music: Rodrigo Cordera