Gods of Mexico
An extraordinary cinematic experience, this award-winning, dialogue-free film examines heritage and cultural identity in the face of modernisation.
From the salt pans to the coal mines, from the north to the south – this richly layered exploration takes us into the world of Mexico’s Indigenous population and Afro-descendent communities. Sequence after sequence shows these hardworking people as they strive to preserve traditions, trying to survive in an ever-changing world. Set to the sound of hammers on stone, the beat of tribal songs and feet shuffling across the soil as its subjects endeavour to make a living, the film invites us to bear witness to acts of determined humanity.
Bold in form and visually unforgettable, Gods of Mexico is the first feature film by Helmut Dosantos, whose direction makes an incredible impression. Shot across many years and expertly using techniques not typically found in documentary, this haunting, meticulous nonfiction work blends ethnography, portraiture and cinematic tableaux to recount the story of nature, nation and people. Premiering at True/False and winning DocAviv’s Depth of Field competition, it will transfix viewers across its sensory journey.
“Illustrate[s] why preserving ancient cultures and traditions is so important in our rapidly evolving and shifting modern world. In its calculated and careful filming and editing, this documentary speaks to the fascinating nature of the human experience.” – Vox
ProducerMarta Núñez Puerto
CinematographerPeter Eliot Buntaine
CinematographerDiego Rodríguez García
Mexico, United States