Sluberski Film Series: Purgatorio
Award-winning documentary filmmaker Rodrigo Reyes will visit Concordia campus on Thursday Feb 7 to screen his film Purgatorio and meet with students in the College's New Media program. The filmmaker will discuss his film in conversation with New Media Professor Kit Fitzgerald after the public screening.
Rodrigo Reyes is a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow whose films have been screened in 50 film festivals around the world. He was named one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” by Filmmaker Magazine.
In Purgatorio, the filmmaker spent four weeks along the Mexican-American border, recording a region covered with “dirt and despair” that he aptly calls Purgatorio. He leaves politics aside and takes a fresh look at the brutal beauty of the border and the people caught in its spell. This essay film re-imagines the Mexico/U.S. border as a mythical place comparable to Dante’s purgatory.
While capturing a mosaic of compelling characters and broken landscapes, the filmmaker reflects on the flaws of human nature and the powerful absurdities of the modern world.
“Beauty and brutality on two sides of a border.” – The New York Times
“A searing, horrifying, at times starkly beautiful documentary ode to the netherworlds surrounding the U.S.-Mexico barrier.” - Variety