Under a calcified tree, a young man is striking
bones on stones to the rhythm of electro
music blasting from a small speaker. Words on
the screen enhance the images of the strange
musical performances that follow to give a “brief
history of ancient farming in Mexico”. If Edgardo
Aragón chooses percussion instruments made
from organic materials, it’s to remind us that
this history is one of slave-labour plantations,
pillaging and resistance paid for in blood. But
in the film’s final quarter, with picture postcard
images of the shores of the Pacific, the sound
disappears. Mirroring the lagenaria ciceraria
thrown into the sea from a plane, memories of
the “death flights” resurface in silence. (Louise
Original Version : English, Spanish.
Subtitles : English.
Script : Edgardo Aragon.
Photography : Edgardo Aragon.
Editing : Edgardo Aragon.
Sound : Damian Lara, Isabel Muñoz, Axel Muñoz, Edgardo Aragon.
Production : Casa Gallina (Insite).
Filmography : Glitch life after global warming, 2021. Mesoamérica, 2015. La Encomienda, 2013. Tinieblas, 2011. La trampa, 2011. Ley Fuga 2010. Family effects, 2009. Matamoros, 2009.
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