Scene from the film El Remolino (The Swirl)
Scene from the film El Remolino (The Swirl)
Scene from the film El Remolino (The Swirl)
Scene from the film El Remolino (The Swirl)
Scene from the film El Remolino (The Swirl)
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El Remolino (The Swirl)

  • Mexico
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Pedro is a farmer who defends his identity and his dreams; his sister Esther strives for a better future for her daughter as she shares her world through the lens of her small camera. They live in El Remolino, a tiny riverside community in Chiapas, Mexico, which is affected by strong floods every year. To them, life is like a Swirl that spins them across the journey of their internal cycles and of the greater natural cycle of the river.


  • Original title
    El Remolino
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Laura Herrero Garvín
  • DOP
    Laura Herrero Garvín
  • Editing
    Lorenzo Mora Salazar
  • Music
    Josué Vergara, Juan Cubas Fridman
  • Sound
    Josué Vergara, Eloísa Diez
  • Duration
    72 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Mexico
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • LOCARNO IFF​, Critics Week.​Switzerland ​2016
    • Camden International Film Festival. ​USA 2016
    • Morelia IFF​. Mexico 2016
    • Ambulante​ 2016. Mexico 2016
    • FULL FRAME Film Fest. ​USA 2017.
    • Oaxaca Film Fest​. Mexico 2016
    • DocsMX​. Mexico 2016
    • MICGénero. ​Mexico 2016
    • FILMAR en Latinoamérica. Switzerland​ 2016
    • ​Festival de Cine Documental Mexicano Zanate. ​Mexico 2016
    • FIC San Cristóbal. ​Mexico 2016
    • ​MIRADASDOC. S​pain 2017
    • DCEFF Environmental Film Fest. ​USA 2017
    • Selection Découvertes Documentaire Cinélatino Rencontres de Toulouse. ​ France 2017
    • Mostra Ecofalante de Cinema Ambiental. ​Brasil 2017
    • Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival. Canada 2017
    • Muestra Nacional de Imágenes Científicas México, MUNIC 2017
    • Environmental Film Festival Australia (EFFA)
    • Muestra M: Cine por nosotras. Argentina 2017
    • Festival de Cine Verde de Barichara. Colombia 2017
    • CIBRA​, Toledo. España 2017
    • FICMA, Muestra FICMA ONU Medio Ambiente. Mexico 2017
    • Luson-Hispanic Film Festival, USA 2018
    • Mostra de Cinema BRAM, Cataluña 2018
    • Festival Internacional BioBioCine, Chile 2018
    • Green Film Festival, Brasil 2018
    • Lakeside Doc Festival, India 2018.
    • Docu Forun ACÚ, República dominicana 2018
    • FINCA, Argentina 2018
    • CineHomo, Valladolid España 2018
    • Muestra de Cine Mexicano Contemporáneo. Barcelona 2018
    • Muestra de Cine Mexicano. San Francisco 2018.
  • Awards
    • ​First Prize National Feature DocumentaMadrid​. Spain 2017
    • First Prize International Feature ECOZINE. ​Spain 2017
    • Grand Prix and Best Photography at Saratov Documentary Film Festival​, Russia 2017
    • Mark Haslam Award at Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival. Canada 2017
    • Best Documentary at Festival Internacional Contra el Silencio todas las Voces. ​México 2018
    • Award Latin American Documentary​ at Festival Internacional de Cine Ambiental ​FINCA​. Argentina 2018
    • Special Mention of the Jury​ ​FICMY​. Mexico 2016
    • Special Mention of the Jury FICBAQ​. Colombia 2017 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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