The tough existence of Mexico’s 21st century ‘hunter-gatherers’ will be brought vividly to life at Trinity tomorrow.
Tropic of Cancer, directed by award-winning documentary maker Eugenio Polgovsky, will immerse Fellows and students in the dirt and desert plants and animals that local families of San Luis Potosi state catch to sell to passersby.
Polgovsky, Trinity’s Fellow Commoner in the Creative Arts, will participate in a Q&A after the free screening on Tuesday, in the Winstanley Lecture Theatre, 8pm.
Filmed 23.5º north of the equator – the Tropic of Cancer – the documentary captures the harsh realities for those living beside a superhighway through the desert. It is also a portrait of dignified individuals whose hunter-gatherer existence survives in a 21st century world where they are easily forgotten.
Polgovsky, who trained as photographer and graduated from Mexico City’s Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica, has received more than 30 awards worldwide. Tropic of Cancer was shown at Semaine de la Critique in Cannes, New York’s MoMA and the Rotterdam Film Festival.
While a Fellow Commoner in the Creative Arts at Trinity, 2015-2017, Polgovsky will be affiliated to Cambridge University’s Centre for Film and Screen. Dr Erica Segre, Lecturer in Latin American Studies and a Fellow of Trinity, described Polgovsky as ‘a visionary, innovative and independent’ documentary filmmaker. She said:
He brings an experimental spirit and a poetic sensibility to the medium of cinematography and has worked closely and in a prolonged way with the communities whose stories and conditions he has sought to explore.
Trinity is very fortunate to have attracted such an exciting and important international artist to be Fellow Commoner in the Arts. His appointment will provide many opportunities for collaborative engagements across screen media, the arts and environmental and developmental issues.