‘FLAHERTY NYC: AFTERMATH’
Programmed by Dessane Lopez Cassell
Co-presented with Cinema Tropical
Through two radically different documentaries, the Mexico City-based filmmaker Betzabé Garcia creates a multi-layered record of the day-to-day in a once prosperous town in Mexico’s Sinaloa state. Flooded by the careless construction of a government damn, and abandoned by all but a few small families, these films examine the state of life in a landscape haunted by rising waters and nightly terrors from unseen intruders.
(Betzabé Garcia, Mexico, 2016, 10 min. In Spanish with Engish subtitles)
Atilano Román Tirado, leader of the Displaced Persons of Picachos Movement, murdered on-air by gunmen inside a radio station, reflects on the tragedy suffered by the residents of the towns flooded by the dam, the current climate of censorship and repression in Mexico, as well as the importance of developing public consciousness to combat injustices.
KINGS OF NOWHERE
(Betzabé Garcia, Mexico, 2015, 83 min. In Spanish with English subitltes)
Three families live in a village partially submerged by water in Northwestern Mexico. Despite their loneliness and fear, they refuse to leave.
Filmmaker Betzabé Garcia in person. Discussion moderated by independent curator and archivist Almudena Escobar López.