Los herederos

  • 90'
  • Mexico
  • 2008

In 2005, the festival screened the documentary Tropico de cancer, in which Eugenio Polgovsky peered over the shoulders of poverty stricken Mexican desert inhabitants and with his dynamic camera almost literally allowed the viewer to feel what it is to survive there. With his first full-length feature Los herederos, Polgovsky follows the same procedure. Without commentary, the camera hovers hypnotically above the poor hinterland of Mexico.

A gleaming piece of silver foil amuses a baby while his mother works on doggedly. Cucumbers, tomatoes, green beans. Picking, weighing, packing. In the shadow of a fully loaded truck, the smallest children play with the discarded vegetables. They don’t go to school, but already know the benchmarks of their future: “This is still green!” Infants without shoes walk endless distances with a heavy load on their back and do the same work as their parents and ancestors always did. They are the inheritors of harsh rural life.

Supported by the Hubert Bals Fund, Polgovsky filmed for months in the rough, inaccessible countryside. He wanted to share his fury and admiration. Why rage? Because he had observed their lives trapped in misery inherited over generations. Why tenderness? Because these children are talented and they express pride at being able to do something for themselves and contribute to the family income. (Gerwin Tamsma)

Director
Eugenio Polgovsky
Country of production
Mexico
Production Year
2008
Festival Edition
IFFR 2009
Length
90'
Medium
HDcam
International title
The Inheritors
Language
Spanish
Producer
Eugenio Polgovsky
Production Company
Tecolote Films
Sales
Tecolote Films
Screenplay
Eugenio Polgovsky
Cinematography
Eugenio Polgovsky
Editor
Eugenio Polgovsky
Production Design
Camille Tauss
Sound Design
Cristian Manzutto, Camille Tauss
Music
Banda Mixe de Oaxaca
Local Distributor
Hubert Bals Fund
Website
http://www.tecolotefilms.net/the-inheritors