DocuWeeks 2012 Will Feature Five Latin American-Themed Docs


The International Documentary Association has announced the lineup for the 16th edition of its annual DocuWeeks screening series to take place between August 3 and 23 at the IFC Center in New York City, and between August 10 and 30 at the Laemmle NoHo 7 in Los Angeles. This year's lineup includes 17 feature films and 11 shorts from 19 countries including five feature films with a focus on Mexico, Brazil Colombia, and Haiti.

From Mexico, DocuWeeks will feature Everardo González's Cuates de Australia / Drought (pictured) the story of a cattle-ranching community in northeastern Mexico that annually performs a massive exodus to look for water during drought
. González's film just won few days ago the prize for Best Documentary at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Also from Mexico, Jardín en el mar / Garden in the Sea by Thomas Riedelsheimeris a documentary about art, landscape and environment. The film follows Spanish artist Cristina Iglesias as she creates a commission underwater sculpture in the Sea of Cortez.

Tejiendo sabiduría / We Women Warriors by Nicole Karsin follows three native women caught in the crossfire of Colombia's warfare, who use nonviolent resistance to defend their peoples' survival. Without Net (pictured) by Kelly J. Richardson tells the story of Djeferson, Bárbara, Rayana and Platini who live in a drug-controlled slum of Rio de Janeiro. When a big-top circus tent suddenly appears in a nearby parking lot, they decide to take a chance.

And from Haiti, Patrick Shen's La Source follows a Haitian Princeton janitor who after the devastating 2010 earthquake seeks the support of the privileged community he serves every day and sacrifices everything to revive his lifelong dream to bring what is most fundamental to his village's survival: clean water.