'Country season', rural life told from the perspective of a child

For Bryan his life is in the country, not in the country or in the university. At the age of ten, she took over the reins of her family once his father left for the United States. On a ranch in Jalisco, she moves among bulls and horses. He is all a little cowboy that when he speaks he sounds like a “little gentleman”, he specifies Elizabeth Cowdocumentary director field seasonwhich has just been released in Mexican theaters.

Produced by Arturo Mendicuti, The film shows rural life from the perspective of a minor who, despite having to grow up very quickly, does not lose his sense of humor or give up on his dreams.

Bryan and his family work on your family’s ranch Isabel, is that the germ of the film?

Elizabeth Cow: Bryan’s family has worked with us for twenty years. I grew close to them and to country life. In 2016 we recorded a teaser that allowed us to win a fund from the Tribeca Festival, thanks to that we carried out an investigation that allowed me to get to know Bryan better, who is a very charismatic young man.

Despite the employment relationship, how did you build trust with the family so that they would let you fully enter their intimacy?

IV: The documentary requires a close collaboration with the characters. Getting along with someone or a family is very different from riding a camera almost all day. Building trust took time and involved spending a lot of time with them off camera. I played with Bryan at making a movie and gave him a disposable camera to take pictures. Everything was little by little so that they understood why he wanted to tell his story in a film. I was very lucky, it was like discovering a second family.

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Arturo Mendicuti: It was a good father to see the willingness of the family to open their doors for us and teach us their trade.

How did they take care of the point of view to avoid exoticism or visual anthropology?

IV: I always wanted to make a film that would dignify the cowboy’s job. There are not many families left who dedicate themselves to that; I love the love of his profession and the ritual that it entails. Those of us who live in the city tend to forget about those who live in the countryside and it seems important to me to reflect other types of realities.

A.M: One of the things I like most about the film is the portrait of the countryside. For me the trips we made were very revealing. They showed me other perspectives of human relationships and love. I think that is achieved because we focus on someone who is in the process of growth.

In fact, Bryan has one foot between childhood and premature adulthood.

IV: He is someone who has had to grow up and mature faster than other children his age. When his father went to the United States, he had to take on the role of father of the family; he is protective of his mother and every day he has to go to work in the fields. The conditions in which he has had his childhood have made him grow faster. Sometimes when listening to him he seems like a gentleman.

It is surprising how he has normalized the paternal absence, the issue of migration. She even plays chicken.

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IV: Instead of playing cops and robbers, he plays smugglers and la migra, that tells you about a specific context. The way they have assimilated issues such as violence is strong.

Knowing Bryan and his family for years, what boundaries did you set for yourself in terms of story?

IV: We measured the limits as the film developed. I always tried to be very honest with them. I spoke with Bryan about sensitive issues like his father because it seemed essential in his life, but always with great respect. Everything was built on trust.

Is it difficult to find distribution for a film of this type?

A.M: field season is a coming of age that deals with everything and nothing at the same time. It shows many things that happen around Bryan’s life but without a traditional structure. It has been a challenge to reach theaters because being an independent documentary we do not have great support. We wanted to make a fun, kid-friendly, light-hearted movie that tackled a number of the issues facing the country.

Is there a lack of films with children’s perspectives for these topics?

IV: Without a doubt, that is why we were interested in showing its reality. What happens to children who stop studying to work? That and other aspects of his growth are the pieces that put together the puzzle of his childhood. We wanted to tell something about the journey that growth entails.


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