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TO DIE IN THE DESERT

In Search of Cardenche: Songs Of Love, Tragedy And Survival

Northern Mexico is home to the last singers of Cardenche Song, a nostalgic melody of love, wailing and tragedy. This is a journey in search of this musical tradition, rooted in cotton farmers and miners now on the verge of extinction. Cardenche is sung a cappella in groups of three and has been shared from generation to generation. It takes the name of a cactus whose thorn — like love, the Cardenche singers note — goes in too easily but hurts like hell to take out. To Die in the Desert (A morir a los desiertos) is a dazzling new documentary that features heartbreaking musical performances that capture why this howl of a singing technique is so unique and important. Directed by Marta Ferrer.

THE FILMMAKER

Marta Ferrer graduated with a degree in Cinematography from ESCAC (Barcelona). In 2006, she received a scholarship to study at the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica in Mexico where she directed her first documentary “El Varal,” which won Best Documentary at the Morelia Film Festival in 2010. In Mexico, Marta works as a director and cinematographer on different documentary projects. “To Die in the Desert” is her latest film.

HONORS, AWARDS, AND FESTIVALS

Best Documentary - Latin American Film Festival of Toulouse
Honorable Mention José Rovirosa Award for Best Documentary
Winner of the Art Kingdom Award Los Cabos International Film Festival
FISCUR Festival Internacional de Cine del Sur del Mundo
Festival de Cine Lima Independiente
Ambulante
Festival Internacional de cine de Guanajuato
Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia
Festival de Cine Puy Ta Cuxletaltic (Oventik, Chiapas)
FILMAR Festival de Cine Latinoamericano

TO DIE IN THE DESERT: IN SEARCH OF CARDENCHE: SONGS OF LOVE, TRAGEDY AND SURVIVAL

Catalog # EPF16019 ● ISBN: 978-1-933724-59-1 ● NTSC

90 Minutes ● Copyright 2017 ● Spanish, English Subtitles