The Shadow of the Desert

"The two movements followed by the filmmaker are contrary: on one hand, a people on home ground, determined to keep their land and culture and, on the other, people in exile eager to leave the place as soon as possible. Yet, at the same time, together, without mixing, among the same dunes under the desert winds, they are the rejected, those who count for nothing, driven from the world such as it advances. In the hostile or tamed desert, this lost paradise, they are all trying to elude their tragic fate – and, from the heights, they enjoy the cool of the evening and its colours, ever hopeful." - Clémence Arrivé, Cinema du Réel

An exodus of Mexican and Central American migrants waits to cross one of the deadliest deserts in the world and, finally, achieve the American dream.

In this same territory, the Tohono O’Odham, the desert people, watch the destruction of their territory, resisting a diaspora that displaces them from the desert they have inhabited since time immemorial.

An ancient witness of exoduses and diasporas, the desert embraces these two nomadic forces as they struggle against their destiny.

  • Title: The Shadow of the Desert
  • Duration: 83 min.
  • Screening format: DCP and BluRay
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English and French
  • Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
  • Year: 2020
  • Production companies: Fragua Cinematografía, Fondo para la Producción Cinematográfica de Calidad, Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía, Bambú Audiovisual
    International Competition
Director and Cameraman
Juan Manuel Sepúlveda
Juan Manuel Sepúlveda, Viana González Delgado
Juan Manuel Sepúlveda, Kim Torres
Lorenzo Mora Salazar
Nicolás Aguilar
Sound design
Pablo Fernández, Jose Miguel Enríquez
Victoria Mora Ramírez, Guadalupe Berver Ramírez, Aylín Gaytán Chiquete, Elena Gutiérrez Velasco, Joaquín Sámano, Samuel N “El Diablo”, Olvin Martínez, Mauricio Orellana Barnica, Gerardo Yovani Solís Santos, Julio Coreas, Carlos Andrés Caballero “El Buki”