El lugar más pequeño
Mexico, 2011, 100 min
To walk into the jungle-shrouded village of Cinquera, El Salvador, is to enter a world where ghosts walk, passing back and forth between the past and present. Here, decades after a brutal civil war annihilated the village, survivors return to bury their dead and rebuild the community from the ashes. During the 1980–92 civil war, Cinquera was invaded by the National Guard, which targeted it as a potential haven for guerrillas of the FMLN opposition. Cinquera was literally wiped off the map, disappearing temporarily from official charts in a conflict that resulted in 80,000 deaths with tens of thousands more disappeared. We see the result of that devastation on the resolute and composed survivors now sowing new seeds in Salvadoran-born Mexican filmmaker Tatiana Huezo’s stunning debut feature. In an unobtrusive portrait of collective memory, we mingle with villagers as they recall horrifying ordeals of rape, mutilation and torture; a man talks about the madness that consumed him; an old lady habitually talks to her dead daughter. Of those who managed to escape into the woods, many joined the FMLN (whose rebel flag still appears painted on the sides of houses). A remarkable example of Mexico’s bourgeoning documentary scene, The Tiniest Place guides us through this landscape with a contemplative, poetical eye, as the deep forest looms in mute witness to the testimonies we overhear. Battle scars and wounds may run deep but they prove unable to destroy the soul of Cinquera.
Special support for this program generously provided by the Consulate General of Mexico, San Francisco. Presented in association with Galeria de la Raza. GGA Documentary Feature Contender. International Premiere.