The Museum of Modern Art has just announced its slate for its 13th annual edition of Documentary Fortnight 2014: MoMA’s International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media, which will feature two Latino titles: Purgatorio: A Journey into the Heart of the Border by Mexican director Rodrigo Reyes and Doméstica / Housemaids by Brazilian director Gabriel Mascaro.
With striking imagery, in Purgatorio director Rodrigo Reyes 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.
For Housemaids, director Gabriel Mascaro asked seven adolescents to film their family's housemaids for one week, and hand the footage over to him. Their images uncover the complex relationship that exists between housemaids and their employers, a relationship that confuses intimacy and power in the workplace and provides us with an insight into the echoes of a colonial past that linger in contemporary Brazil.
Running February 14–28 in New York City, Documentary Fortnight 2014 includes 20 feature films, 10 shorts, and two classics from 20 countries. Cinema Tropical will be co-presenting both Latin American films.