Spring 2011 Film Series: Globalization and Power through Latin America Cinema
Los Herederos - The inheritors (Mexico, 2009)
A Film by Eugenio Polgovsky
Thursday, March 31
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, 6:30pm
The most highly praised and awarded Mexican documentary in many years, THE INHERITORS by Eugenio Polgovsky immerses us in the daily lives of children who, with their families, survive only by their unrelenting labor.
The film takes us into the agricultural fields, where children barely bigger than the buckets they carry, work long hours, in often hazardous conditions, picking tomatoes, peppers, or beans, for which they are paid by weight. Infants in baskets are left alone in the hot sun, or are breast-fed by mothers while they pick crops.
THE INHERITORS also observes other labor routines, including the production of earthen bricks, cutting cane, gathering firewood, ox-plowing fields and planting by hand, and even more artistic endeavors such as carving wooden figures and weaving baskets to sell.
The indelible impression conveyed by THE INHERITORS, in which everyone-from the frailest elders to the smallest of toddlers-must work reveals how the cycle of poverty is passed on, from one generation to another.
2010 Award of Merit in Film, Latin American Studies Association
Grand Prize, 2008 Festival of New Latin American Cinema
Best Documentary, 2009 Mexican Academy of Film Arts and Sciences
Feisal Prize, 2009 Guadalajara Film Festival
Best Documentary, 2009 Festival de la Memoria
Best Documentary, Santiago International Documentary Festival
Spring 2011 Film Series : Globalization and Power through Latin America Cinema
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