The film shows how agricultural labourers in Valle del Cauca, Colombia, harvest a field of sugar cane using machetes. The hypnotic rhythm of the timeless (yet rapidly disappearing) handiwork is masterfully reflected in the making of the 16mm film.
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It's a strong experience to watch this doumentary, because the camera forces you to look at the men doing their daily work. Furthermore, in keeping the changes of the scenario unpredictable Guerrero creads a certain kind of tension.
This film made me realise that a static camera forces a viewer to think and feel, whereas a constantly moving camera does the thinking and feeling for you. I could really feel the heat and also could appreciate how those clean clothes must have felt at the end of the shift !
the observational piece, shot with great discipline, and without trying to eXplain much is a really beautiful piece. The director maintains a distance and is editing the film with the rhythm evocative of the action being done. The use of music, at least in the beginning was a bit annoying but it all comes together eventually. The patience in the filming and editing is commendable.
Incredibly challenging endurance test of a documentary in which fixed frame setups are interspersed by end of film reel effects. Dull repetitiveness is only leavened by the richness of some of these shot compositions, that allow the viewer to fall into an almost hypnotic viewing experience. As much as these kinds of film projects are admirable, I'm not sure who the audience for them really is.
This documentary-style film shows us the jobs of those involved in the Sugar Cane cutting industry of South America. It's a pleasure to the ears and eyes of the viewer, using beautifully composed imagery and well-designed sound editing to create a fascinating rhythm to tell, and allow us to feel, the story of those involved in the different stages of the operation.