For the residents of of San Juan de la Vega, in Guanajuato, Mexico, Carnival is a celebration of their patron saint, San Juanito. Legend regards San Juanito as a local Robin Hood, and the locals use explosive hammers, detonated by swinging them onto the ground, to recreate a centuries-old battle where the wealthy and the poor struggled over the same land. Exhilarating footage and bold filmmaking brings the viewer into the excitement of the festival which has divided the generations of the community. Older residents resent the mayhem that accompanies the dangerous explosives, but a young group of rabble rousers insist that it’s all part of the tradition. The local authorities can’t seem to make up their mind. – KM
Filmmaker scheduled to attend
Preceded by the short film “Skull and Bones” (5 min).
PRD: Gonzalo Álvarez, Santiago Maza & Juan Sarquis; DP: Branko Gomez Palacio, Rashid Makhlouf & Raymundo Marmolejo; ED: Branko Gomez Palacio & Sebastián Nuño