Santa Teresa & Other Stories (Santa Teresa y otras historias)
Location: Bartos Screening Room
With director Nelson Carlo de los Santos in person
Winner, Best First Fiction Film. Dir. Nelson Carlo de los Santos. 2015, Dominican Republic/USA/Mexico, 65 min. Digital projection. In Spanish with English subtitles. As stories of violence in Mexican border towns continue to make international headlines, alternative ways of making sense of this brutal reality are more vital than ever. In his auspicious debut fiction film, Dominican ﬁlmmaker Nelson Carlo de los Santos cleverly extrapolates from Chilean author Roberto Bolaño’s unﬁnished, posthumously published novel 2666 to explore a multiplicity of perspectives and voices in a town riven by bloodshed. In the fictional town of Santa Teresa (a stand-in for Ciudad Juárez) on the border between Mexico and the United States, the researcher Juan de Dios Martínez straddles the line between journalism and detective work, investigating a handful of crimes and abuses perpetrated on women and workers of the zone. Mixing fiction, nonfiction, and essay, Santa Teresa & Other Stories is a lyrical, experimental take on the humanitarian crisis in Mexico brought on by the drug wars.
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