Event: CO-PRESENTATION: EL REMOLINO
El Remolino (The Swirl)
Dir. Laura Herrero Garvín
Mexico 2016 (73:00)
Family dramas play out against the backdrop of environmental degradation in this evocative poetic film about a flood-prone riverside community in Mexico. Pedro, a trans farmer, dreams of building a home, finding a partner and transitioning fully. Esther, their sister, documents her family and community life and aspirations for her children with a small, hard-won camcorder. The tangible effects of climate change are obvious, from the annual flood damage to crops, to a school that is struggling as the sole teacher leaves during the rainy season. Profiling Pedro, Esther and their father in beautifully shot scenes interspersed with footage from Esther’s camcorder, the film details the region’s agricultural destruction as well as the human impact of the annual flooding.