Music And Film

August 24, 2015

Alamar – To The Sea

Alamar

One of the main reasons I like international film festivals is because of the thought provoking movies. Independent films tend to be  poetic and romantic, and sometimes crude and brutally honest. Alamar is the film/ documentary by Filmmovement I had the opportunity of watching during the South Texas International Film Festival this past weekend in Edinburg, Texas.

The movie is directed by Pedro Gonzalez Rubio of Mexico and the location is the Chinchorro Reef in the Mexican Caribbean. For today’s standards the movie may be considered slow paced. Younger folks left the theater probably to tend to their facebook page. To tell you the truth, I almost left too, and maybe the reason I stayed was because my cell phone had no battery. It probably is. But you have no idea how grateful I am to have stayed.

The movie turned into a form of meditation, a return to a past pace of life I have almost forgotten. It slowed me down almost to a halt transporting me into the splendors of one of the world’s largest coral reefs. Jorge and his family drew me into a life of simplicity and much, much love. A life where nobody knows where you are, what you do or what you like. A life in focus. The impact was so strong, I spent the entire Sunday after the festival separated from my phone, detached, and it was energizing. The movie also reminded me of the strong bond between a parent and their son/daughter.

Witnessing Jorge – the main character –  teach his son about his Mayan heritage; his young son who lived with his mother in Rome, Italy! was moving to say the least. How much are we teaching our kids about our heritage? This and many other questions about the meaning of life surfaced in my mind like Jorge surfaced from the water after spear fishing  in the clear blue waters near the coral reef. This film emanates love and peace; a peace we have distanced from; a peace we almost fear. The film takes you to a quiet simpler life.

The New York Times wrote a very good review, and if you are an Amazon Prime customer you can stream the movie for free, or for a small cost in the link provided in this article.

The Movie was the winner of New Director’s Prize in the San Francisco International Film Festival, and Best Film winner in the Miami International Film Festival. It was the official film selection in the Berlin, Seattle, Provincetown, Bershire and Toronto International Film Festivals.

One thing I want to point out is that  while Alamar was playing in a theater where some where leaving, the adjacent theater was practically packed with spectators watching a movie -also filmed in Mexico – about the violence in northern Mexico and the drug war. Don’t we see enough of that already in the news and TV stations?

But if we want to make a positive difference in our lives we need to learn to choose wisely, and disconnect for a while.

 

 

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Nydia O Tapia - Gonzales
A bird does not sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.-Maya Angelou. La Vida Valle is where I write about "la vida" life in the Rio Grande Valley. From this bi-cultural corner on the tip of Texas, I share my poems and spiritual and travel experiences. I also blog about the arts,nature and my passion for historic preservation and architecture. But most important, let's talk about "la vida" - living our lives - in a vacation state of mind. Contributions and comments are always welcome .




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