El mar la mar + All My Life

El mar la mar
Joshua Bonnetta & J.P. Sniadecki, USA, 2017
DCP, 94’

The sun beats down mercilessly on all those who cross the Sonoran Desert between Mexico and the United States. Aside from the few people who live here, it’s the poorest of undocumented immigrants that make the crossing, who have no choice but to take this extremely dangerous route, followed by border guards both official and self-appointed. Their traces and remains accumulate, fade, decompose and become inscribed into the topography of the landscape, making the absent ever-present as life and death, beauty and dread, hostile light and nights aglitter with stars and promise all continue to exist alongside one another.

Director Joshua Bonnetta will attend the screening in person, and lead a Q&A.

All My Life
Bruce Baillie, USA, 1966
16mm, 3’


“Caspar, California, old fence with red roses.”

“Mojave Desert”, from the album Desert Tracks
Michel Redolfi, France, 1988
Audio File, 7’

In the fall of 1987, Michel Redolfi drove through the California Desert, to catch the hypnotic poly-sensorial desert tones. He visited the Mojave Desert, Death Valley and Palm Canyon, returning with a testament to these brimming wastelands—sparse and bright, evoking their harsh light and the divine silences.

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