The Echo is a remote village in Puebla, in the Mexican highlands, so remote that even drug cartels are uninterested in it. Its residents are mostly women of all ages since men are working in more developed areas, and rarely coming home. The girls have to grow up rapidly because life in a village requires a lot of commitment as they take care of animals and crops. From dawn till dusk, they do all sorts of backbreaking work while simultaneously looking after the elderly and attending school. The film portrays a family’s battle against climate change, as well as the internal, mutual disagreements.
Tatiana Huezo is a Mexican film director from El Salvador, a country to which she dedicated her first film. Namely, the documentary El lugar más pequeño (The Smallest Place) from 2011 is a film about the civil war that had been raging in El Salvador for more than twelve years. She has devoted her career to highly engaged social problems and situations in which people from the margins of society find themselves. Such is the case with the documentary film Tempestad, about two women who had been victims of human trafficking. Her most popular feature film Noche de Fuego (Prayers For The Stolen), has won numerous awards at both festivals and from critics.
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
Berlin International Film Festival
– Encounters Award for Best Director
– Berlinale Documentary AwardJerusalem Film Festival
– Chantel Akerman Award for Best Experimental Documentary
Festival de Cine de Lima
– CINETRAB Award for Best Documentary
THE ECHO (doc.)
DIRECTOR: Tatiana Huezo
COUNTRY: Mexico, Germany
PRODUCTION: The Match Factory Productions