Kings of Nowhere
Winner, 2016 Global Audience Award, SXSW; 2015 Grand Jury Prize; Full Frame Documentary Film Festival; 2015 Golden Eye for Best International Documentary, Zurich Film Festival!
The construction of a dam turned the Mexican village of San Marcos into a waterlogged ghost town, but three families refuse to surrender their home to the flood. Even the constant, lurking threat of armed gangs roving the countryside and the loneliness of living amid ruins can’t deter them from their routines. They keep the tortillería open, weed the pavement in the town square, and rove the inundated streets in boats or on horseback. Betzabé García’s observational approach brings out the humor and eerie beauty of their singular situation.