Behind the Wall

In the late 1980s, Europe decided that walls and wire fences made no sense. Some thirty years later, we are getting back to them; and not only in Europe. Donald Trump is obsessed with building a super expensive wall between the United States and Mexico. What is life actually like in Mexico? Find out in our event!

The Central American state is definitely not a country whose perception can be reduced to cactuses, tequila, a poncho and a hat. A whole range of quality films – including documentary ones – have been made there as well. Thanks to them, you can get an idea of the huge difference between the countryside (Summer of Goliath) and the city (Megacities). A general characteristic of the country of Aztec pyramids and bullfighting has been masterfully captured by Mike Hoolboom in his award-winning film Mexiko. Although it was made a quarter century ago as a summarizing tour guide, it is still relevant in many aspects. So are Mexico’s burning problems with the drug mafia. Its scary face is revealed right at the source in Gianfranco Rosi’s interview with a university educated hitman and a former policeman with an FBI training El Sicario. If you like films by Pedro Almodóvar (which often feature transsexuals), you will get the impression that they were based on a real story after you watch Disrupted. Life on the edge (and an even greater edge) of the society is captured with arresting empathy in The Tightrope and He Whose Face Gives No Light. Hoolboom’s gem Mexico is available for free streaming!

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