Caballerango + Q&A
After Nando—a young horse-wrangler from a small farming town in the Mexican state of Jalisco—takes his own life, his surviving family and neighbours retrace his final hours, slowly piecing together the events that led to his death. His village is no stranger to tragedy, having witnessed a spate of suicides amongst its young inhabitants in recent years, upon whom the effects of rapid modernisation and ensuing economic hardship have placed particular strain. Juan Pablo González—who himself grew up within the community—patiently recalls the lost through the memories of those they left behind, crafting a quietly devastating study of a grief-stricken town.
Please be advised that this film contains discussion of suicide that some viewers might find distressing.
Juan Pablo González | 2018 | Mexico, USA | 20’
In the town of Las Nubes, an anonymous rancher recounts how since he stopped measuring time his memory has clouded almost completely. What he does remember with exact precision is the last night he saw his daughter.
Supported by the Embassy of Mexico
Followed by a Q&A with director Juan Pablo González
Read an essay on Caballerango by Devika Girish
Juan Pablo González is a Mexican filmmaker whose work has screened at Cannes, Rotterdam, IDFA, the Lincoln Center of New York, the Mexico City Cinematheque, Habana, Ambulante, among others. González‘ practice spans between fiction and non-fiction cinema. His work is primarily set in Atotonilco el Alto, the town where he grew up in rural Mexico. González‘ is concerned with representations of the rural, drug violence, immigration and the intersection between urban and country life in different communities around the Jalisco Highlands. His work reflects deeply on the mutability of memory and its trace across the spaces we inhabit.