Following the death of elderly Mexican villager Jacinta, only two speakers of her region's indigenous language remain: the feuding Evaristo and Isauro, and neither man has spoken to the other in 50 years. But when visiting linguist Martín seeks their assistance with recording their shared tongue, they're forced to revisit the events that pushed the former close friends apart.
Director Ernesto Contreras doesn't simply immerse audiences in an expressive exploration of the impact of language; he creates his own vocabulary, literally making up his own dialect – dubbed Zikril – to suit his moving, multi-layered rumination on the way that verbal communication shapes humanity. The Mexican filmmaker weaves a dense narrative brimming with poetry of both the visual and spoken kind, and matches the film's haunting spiritual and ethnographic musings with a tender but searching heart.
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“Thought-provoking, visually compelling, and hopefully will help to raise awareness about this indirect form of cultural destruction.”
WINNER: World Cinema (Dramatic) Audience Award, Sundance Film Festival 2017
Official Selection: Melbourne Intl Film Festival 2017