A celebration of visionary cinematic works from Mexico, spanning the country’s Golden Age to the present, told in narrative features, documentaries, and short films, including archival 16mm prints. Rayos: Cine en México is produced in partnership with The Grand Cinema and the Tacoma Film Festival, hosting several free public screenings and post-screening community conversations.
En el hoyo (In the Pit)
Documentary | 2006 | 1hr 24min
Director: Juan Carlos Rulfo
A chronicle of a Mexico City construction crew working arduously on the construction of a second tier of the city’s seemingly endless Periferico freeway. Long work days and often harsh working conditions inform their anonymous labor, invisible to the countless drivers who pass the site each day. Rulfo gains precious access and insight into these laborers’ aspirations, their family lives, and the daily hazards of the job as the freeway’s deadline for completion looms. The ‘pit’ becomes an all-too-real as well as allegorical space, reflecting shared anxieties and deep pride in such intense engagement with the task at hand.
Curated by film programmer David Dinnell and independent film critic and educator Jay Kuehner.