Purgatorio: A Journey Into the Heart of the Border



Home Viewing Fri, Oct 16
Ticket Prices
General Public:$10.00
Film Info
Programs:Cine Latino
Rodrigo Reyes Retrospective
Human Rights
Social Justice
Release Year:2013
Runtime:80 min
Festivals & Awards:New Orleans Film Festival - Jury Award for Best Documentary
San Diego Latino Film Festival - Jury Award for Best Documentary
Ann Arbor Film Festival - Michael Moore Award for Best Documentary
Filmmaker Magazine - 25 New Faces of Independent Film
Director:Rodrigo Reyes
Executive Producer:Hugo Perez
Producer:Inti Cordera
Cinematographer:Justin Chin
Editor:Manuel Tsingaris
Composer:Rodrigo Cordera



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The first-ever retrospective of award-winning Mexican-American director, screenwriter, and producer Rodrigo Reyes. Members of Reyes’s creative team, acclaimed film critics, guest programmers, film funders and scholars will join us during the festival to celebrate his deeply moving, insightful and uncompromising cinematic voice.

Rodrigo Reyes

Reyes’s films have screened in over 50 film festivals around the world. Named one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine, he was the recipient of the 2016 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow at MacDowell Colony, the 2017 National Mediamaker Fellowship by the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC), the Spotlight on Storytellers Award from the Sundance Institute, as well as the Guggenheim Fellowship and Creative Capital Award. Rodrigo’s work has received the support of Tribeca Film Institute, Sundance Institute, California Humanities Council, Film Independent, IFP Narrative and Documentary Labs, the Berkeley Film Foundation, the Bay Area Video Coalition, the Mexican Film Institute, and ITVS Open Call.

About Purgatorio: A Journey Into the Heart of the Border

Director Rodrigo Reyes takes a fresh look at the border between Mexico and the US, focusing on the striking imagery of the place and the people who play out their roles there, much like characters in a theater of cruelty. Boldly leaving politics aside, he gives a voice to aspiring immigrants, an American coroner, a religious man who leaves water and food in the desert, the souls living and dying in border towns, and even a Minuteman going about his business of foiling the people trying to cross. Putting the physical presence and brutal beauty of the border itself front and center,Purgatorio re-imagines it as a mythical place comparable to purgatory as described by Dante.

El director Rodrigo Reyes ofrece una mirada inédita sobre la frontera entre México y los EE. UU., enfocándose en las imágenes impactantes del lugar y las personas que desempeñan sus roles allí. Dejando a un lado la política, da voz a los aspirantes a inmigrantes, a un forense estadounidense, a un hombre religioso que deja agua y comida en el desierto, a las almas que viven y mueren en las ciudades fronterizas, e incluso a un Minuteman que se dedica a frustrar a la gente que trata de cruzar. Al poner la presencia física y la belleza brutal de la frontera misma al frente y al centro, Purgatorio la reimagina como un lugar mítico comparable al purgatorio descrito por Dante.

In this year when we cannot gather in person, and when you, our valued audience, cannot come to Cine Latino, Cine Latino will come to you - as CINE LATINO AT HOME / EN CASA! Cine Latino, the region’s only showcase of Latin American and Ibero cinema, features a rich tapestry of narrative and documentary films from across the globe from some of the world’s most acclaimed and up-and-coming Spanish- and Portuguese-language filmmakers.