Documentary about the artists in the village of Mata Ortiz
Brilliant, fascinating and beautifully shot documentary about the artists who create the world famous ceramics in Mata Ortiz. The documentary focuses on several artists including Juan who started the movement decades ago and Diego Valles who is breaking the boundaries of what we think of Mexican pottery. Spencer MacCallum discusses seeing Juan's first pots and his subsequent journey to Mexico to find the artist.
Overall, this doc is interesting on a variety of levels. First, the characters. The artists are immensely talented but also tell their story well. Second, the story of the community itself is one of a town that has lifted itself from poverty and likely extinction, hence the "Renaissance." Lastly, the striking visuals of the film itself. From the pots to the faces of the artists to the Mexican countryside, this movie looks great on the screen.
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