Films Across Borders: "Before Oblivion"
October 21, 2021
NYU Washington, DC, the Mexican Cultural Institute, and the NYU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies presented this evening's screening as part of the Films Across Borders series, Before Oblivion/ANTES DEL OLVIDO by Iria Gómez Concheiro (2018). Executive Director of the Mexican Cultural Institute, Ix-Nic Iruegas, provided a pre-recorded introduction to the film.
The life of Fermín goes by, divided between his work as a diablero (a heaver who gets paid for carrying merchandise around with a hand truck, known in Mexico as a diablito) and the confinement he lives in within his house. Like him, other families live in a vecindad in the heart of Mexico City, each existing in the self-absorption of their own universes. One day, a company colluded with the government threatens to evict the vecindad tenants in order to build a mall. The tenants are forced to come out of their apathy and come together to defend their homes. Fermín must work with them, thus having to open doors and windows and acknowledging issues he didn’t want to see before.
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