Marfa Dialogues

A Triptych of Films about Migration

September 5-7, 2019

A Triptych of Films about Migration
September 5th, 6th and 7th, 2019
Doors at 7pm, screening at 7:15pm each night
The Adobe Room at the Lumberyard
Marfa, Texas

These films contain mature content that may not be appropriate for all viewers.

Ballroom Marfa presents A Triptych of Films about Migration that consider the scale of human migration; the difficulties faced by migrants and asylum seekers; and the forces behind mass migration. The films include: El Mar La Mar, Island of the Hungry Ghosts, and more.

El Mar La Mar, Directed by J.P. Sniadecki, PhD, explores collective experience, sensory ethnography, and pushes the boundary between cinema and anthropology. The film is an immersive journey through the Sonoran Desert on the U.S.-Mexico border and weaves together harrowing oral histories from the area with hand-processed 16mm images of flora, fauna, and items left behind by travelers. Subjects speak of intense, mythic experiences in the desert and the trials they faced while crossing.

Island of Hungry Ghosts, directed by Australian filmmaker Gabrielle Brady, is a hybrid documentary that moves between migration in the natural world and the chaotic and tragic migration of humans, which is in constant metamorphoses by the unseen decision-making structures. The film is set on Christmas Island – located off the shore of Australia near Java – where the Australian government sends and holds asylum seekers. The island is also inhabited by migratory crabs travelling in their millions from the jungle towards the ocean, in a movement that has been provoked by the full moon for hundreds of thousands of years.

More information to come.

    This program is made possible by the generous support of The Brown Foundation, Inc.; City of Marfa; Humanities Texas; National Endowment for the Arts; Texas Commission on the Arts; Ballroom Marfa Board of Trustees; and Ballroom Marfa members.