The Sonoran desert, on the Mexico–US border, is one of the most brutal and hotly contested areasof land on the planet. For two years, Bonnetta and Sniadecki (The Iron Ministry) investigated this area, filming the stunning natural landscape and interviewing those who live in this most inhospitable locale, and those who attempt to navigate it in search of a better life. A portrait of this paradoxical place emerges from the filmmakers’ painstaking work, an emotional and visually ravishing journey. “The grainy images project a distant past, yet the living testimonies of those who have witnessed the death and desperation—their voices often isolated in the resounding darkness of a black screen—demonstrate how burningly present the subject is.” —Artforum. In Spanish and English with English subtitles.
Filmography (J.P. Sniadecki): The Iron Ministry (2014), Yumen (2013), People’s Park (2012), Foreign Parts (2010)
Filmography (Joshua Bonnetta): first feature
Interviews: The Guardian