No Place Is Far Away
태어난 땅, 팔리는 땅
  • 중남미 환경영화특별전
Synopsis In January 1982, the Rarámuri community of Mogotavo requested that the Agrarian Reform Secretariat (SRA) acknowledge its existence and its traditional territory. After years of the community’s attempts to reverse this invisibility, the SRA’s Agrarian Consultative Body finally closed the case, rejecting a request to grant landownership to the hamlet. In parallel, the SRA had also initiated legal proceedings to declare that the land occupied by the indigenous community was a national asset, and later gradually transferred land ownership to the Sandoval sisters, daughters of the deceased owner of a Hotel approximately three hundred meters away from the community. Soon after a Tourism Development Plan was approved for the Canyon. The people now witness the land under which their ancestors are buried, is dug out. Through the naïve children’s chat and old man’s whining, we find their notion of ‘land’ is where they were born and will be buried. To Rarámuri, it is very strange and sad thing to see their land being sold and reformed. They’re now becoming the past existing only in the photos of the tourists. The development is always related to the matter of losing traditional culture and life of indigenous. The film goes further than the matter of cultural preservation and problem of indigenous. Reminding the relation between humans and the land, it questions how new and strange it is to evaluate everything by monetary value.
Michelle IBAVEN 미첼 이바벤
Michelle IBAVEN was born in Chihuahua in 1981, and graduated in Communication Sciences at the ITESM, majoring in Audiovisual Production. She has Diplomas in Documentary Script and Directing and in Directing Photography in Digital Cinema from the Madrid Film Institute in Spain. No Place Is Far Away is her first film as a director.
Director Michelle IBAVEN
Country Mexico
Year 2012
Running Time 85min
Genre Documentary
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