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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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The River Escapes
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The River Escapes
The River Escapes
The River Escapes
The River Escapes

The River Escapes

director: Eduardo Makoszay
original title: O Rio Escapa
country: Mexico, Brazil
year: 2019
running time: 9 min.

synopsis

An essay on exploitation of homes of native inhabitants and the behaviour of colonists breaks out into an anti-capitalist political pamphlet resulting in divergent horizontal and vertical motifs of a critical analysis of liberal cosmopolitan elites toward life space as a single-use, expandable commodity, contradicting its displaceable character.

"To build other worlds, one needs not to abandon western mind-structure but to transduce it with local, specific and ancient notions. This film is the beginning of a quest towards that realization." E. Makoszay Mayén     

biography

Mexican-born independent artist Eduardo Makoszay Mayén (1992) finished filmmaking studies at university in Mexico City. His authorial projects are positioned on the frontier of documentary and science fiction film. He has participated in many workshops and festivals including Jihlava IDFF where his film Wind Shaped Rocks (2017) was screened.

more about film

director: Eduardo Makoszay
producer: Eduardo Makoszay Mayén

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section: Fascinations
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WHERE DO WE GO

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section: Fascinations
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section: Fascinations
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section: Fascinations
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section: Fascinations
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ENOLAEMEVAEL

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section: Fascinations
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section: Fascinations
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section: Fascinations
East European Premiere
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Phantasma

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section: Fascinations
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section: Fascinations
World Premiere
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section: Fascinations
World Premiere
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section: Fascinations
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