The Five Cardinal Points
Die fünf Himmelsrichtungen, Austria, 2009, 94 min, Digi Beta, Human Rights, Social Issues, Society
The film narrates the story of the inhabitants of the Mexican village Tres Valles in the region of Veracruz. For generations these people were rooted with their soil. They worked as farmers and craftsmen. Cultivation of rice, pineapple and sugarcane made a simple wealth possible. Everything changed because of globalization, the commodity prices went down. The families couldn't live from the salaries paid by the sugarcane factories anymore. Nowadays there are no future prospects, the families' only choice is separation. Either legal or illegal they move towards the USA to search for work. Most of them are settling down in Kansas were they “rebuilt” their home village Tres Valles to celebrate the Mexican provenance and to overcome their home sickness more easily.
Director of photography:
Fridolin Schonwiese, Rafael Ortega
English, Italian, Spanish
English, German, Spanish
A-1010 Vienna, Austria