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'Gods of Mexico' hits U.S. theaters

The doc by Mexican director Helmut Dosantos, premieres on Friday, March 3 at the Firehouse: Cinema for Documentary Film of DCTV in New York City.

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“A documentary that deepens forms of resistance to modernization in rural Mexico, portraying the great diversity of native and Afro-descendant peoples throughout the country. It is a tribute to the human being, to his daily work, and those who fight to preserve his cultural identity. We will explore this 'lost Atlantis' where innumerable possibilities of existence continue to resist in the shadow of modernization, against the so -called progress that - marching at full speed - displaces any critical consideration on the direction and the values to follow,” reads the synopsis of Gods of Mexico, the feature film debut from Mexican director Helmut Dosantos. 

Through shocking landscapes, an immersive sound, the wealth of the rural Mexico community, the director and screenwriter of Gods of Mexico moves the viewer through saline, deserts, highlands, jungle and underground mines, paying tribute to those who fight for preserving their cultural identity under the threat of modernization.

The 97-minute production offers a tour of the landscapes of Mexico and reveals the diversity of its rural environment.

“Today we witness rapid socioeconomic transformations that result in the destruction of those local cultures that express a unique relationship with their environment. This film is a call for attention to the importance of preserving such cultural diversity against a world that loves us more and more homogeneously,” said the director and screenwriter.

Dosantos is the founder of independent film producers Fulgura Frango and Narvalus Films. His first documentary feature film as a producer, Tony Driver of Ascanio Petrini (produced with Dugong Films), premiered in 2019 at the Venice Film Festival Critics' Week. He is also co-producer of Noche de fuego from Tatiana Huezo; and executive producer of Atlantide by Yuri Ancararani.

Gods of Mexico will premiere on Friday, March 3 at the Firehouse: Cinema for Documentary Film of DCTV in New York, Pittsburgh, Edmonton and Seattle in the coming weeks.

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