"En Mi Pueblo" is a film that reflects upon memories of home and place as they once were. Images of a rural landscape evoke feelings of a distant past while the delicate voice of an aging man imparts a sense of intimacy upon a life once lived.
The geography of the otherwise flat city of Charleroi is defined by slag heaps - hills formed from the waste material from coal mines. Filmed entirely from these terrils themselves, the film weaves large-scale industrial tragedy with the poeticism of ecological rebirth through a data-driven narration in which the terrils are the protagonists.
An edgy, unsettling portrait of place and power in rural white Ontario that challenges the correlation between seeing and knowing, and the ravages of late-stage capitalism. Hand processing, contact printing, tinting and toning engage the film as a body that, like the residents of Mt. Forest, sustains injuries, wounds and burdens, but also has the capacity for delight, revelatory pleasure, and transformation.
David Cano Garcia, a social hero and leader of the 30th Section of the Sindicato de Trabajadores Petroleros de la República Mexicana, was murdered in 1940. Seventy eight years later, his memory remains alive throughout his grandson, Raul Rubio Cano, who still thinks in him with plenty of love and respect.