“NSDN” Brings Films from Mexico, the US and Ecuador to Dokufest
In cooperation with The American Documentary Film Festival (AmDocs), The International Documentary Film Festival of Mexico City (DocsDF) and Encounters of the Other Cinema (EDOC) – DokuFest announces its North South Doc Network slate.
The North South Doc Network or NSDN is a unique cooperation between four festivals, which will enable them to share films and experiences, as well as enable wider audiences to see documentaries about their territory’s culture and identity – which might otherwise get lost under the radar.
The NSDN slate at DokuFest will feature films from each of the respective festival’s geographical regions, allowing for a greater comparison of cultures, traditions and phenomena. Viewers will be able to ponder the tribulations of Jheri Jones, a transgender woman who lives in the conservative heartland of the United States, the story of Angel, a professional pickpocket from Ecuador who “collected” trinkets from a range of high-profile individuals, including five-time president Velasco Ibarra and the story of an old hotel on the US-Mexico border which sees immigrants going in – and out – of the “promised land.”
The wide selection of films is listed below, including the trailers.
Cuddling with Strangers (dir. Sara Joe Wolansky)
Professional services that provide non-sexual snuggle sessions to customers have opened everywhere. But can these services really alleviate loneliness?
God Knows Where I Am (dir. Todd Wider, Jedd Wider)
The body of a homeless woman is found in a New Hampshire farmhouse. Beside the body, lies a diary that documents a journey of starvation and the loss of sanity.
It Would Not Let Me Be (dir. Michael Patrick O’Leary)
The film follows Caleb Stine and “The Brakemen” as they record their first album in 7 years. What does it mean to be a musician in these troubled times?
Joshua Tree: Threatened Wonderland (dir. Billie Wisneski)
The Joshua Tree National Park has long provided an inspirational experience. But with threats from air pollution, fires, and global warming – will it survive?
Living Like Kings (dir. Benjamin Kaplan)
An experimental documentary that explores the issues of race, class, culture, and personal expression through the unexpected collision of chess and hip hop.
Monsoon II (dir. Mike Olbinski)
People often forget that during the summer months, powerful thunderstorms ravage the Arizona desert, and the atmosphere churns the clouds all around you.
The Joneses (dir. Moby Longinotto)
Jheri Jones, a 74 year old transgender divorcee, and her family live in Bible Belt Mississippi. A compelling documentary about an unorthodox family.
The Memory Of Turtles (dir. Ben Guez)
An ailing repairman in northern Mexico leaves his cluttered workshop to return to a desert coast deep within his memory.
El sudor de la agonía – The Wear of Agony (dir. Mariano Renteria Garnica)
A reinterpretation of the truth, through the spaces, people and objects that make the working class in Mexico, where their realities and dreams dance and dialogue.
Hotel de paso – Transient Hotel (dir. Karla Paulina Sánchez)
An old transient hotel on the border between Mexico and the United States receives hundreds of migrants that seek to reach or get way from the “American Dream.”
La Ausencia – The Absence (dir. Arturo Baltazar Reyna)
Mrs. Mary, an elderly woman, lives alone in the country far away from her loved ones and her late husband. For her, remembering is something essential.
Los reyes del pueblo que no existe – Kings of nowhere (dir. Betzabé García)
Three families live in a village partially submerged by water in Northwest of Mexico; Three different families, but all of them refuse to give up.
Tobías (dir. Francisca D’Acosta Turrent)
This is the story of a barefoot mountain boy and his journey toward the professional basketball court.
¿Por qué el recuerdo? – The solitude of memory (dir. Juan Pablo González)
José, Nando’s father, repeatedly remembers the last words he said to his son before Nando died. A profound reflection of memory and mourning.
El reloj de Velasco Ibarra (dir. Paúl Narváez)
Angel, the great-grandfather of the director was a professional pickpocket. Famous Ecuadorian politicians were among his victims.
La impresión de una Guerra – Impression of a War (dir. Camilo Restrepo)
For over 70 years Colombia has been subject to an internal armed conflict. The history behind this violence seems to take form through a multitude of “traces”. Colombia/France, 2015
Paciente – Patient (dir. Jorge Caballero)
In Colombia, the harsh health system requires its users to face absurd bureaucratic obstacles to access the services they deserve.
Territorio – Territory (dir. Alexandra Cuesta)
Shot in Ecuador, the journey starts in the ocean, continues through the mountains, and descends in the jungle. A temporal experience of people waiting to be observed.
The full 2016 festival slate will be announced soon.
(Photo: Still from “El reloj de Velasco Ibarra” directed by Paúl Narváez)