LAS LETRAS (3/26, 8pm)

Directed by: Pablo Chavarría Gutiérrez

"Behind the dark, sensuous and almost hallucinatory images, a grim story is smouldering about a school teacher and social activist, who after a questionable trial was convicted for killing four police officers in a Mexican province. The letters he wrote to his daughter from prison are a fierce indictment against a corrupt system in a film that almost without dialogue manages to be a sensory and psychological portrait of both a place and a state of mind. Pablo Chavarría Gutiérrez has made a striking and all-absorbing film in the visionary mode of the wave of younger filmmakers, who in recent years have experimented with transcending the traditional constraints of documentarism in favour of a sensorial and suggestive practice without losing sight of its political and social relevance for a second. Just like the letters to his daughter instil courage for continued resistance, 'The Letters' is a film that inspires one to a renewed faith in that documentary filmmaking is first and foremost an art form. - CPH:DOX (2015, 75 min., video)

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