To The Sea

Washington, D.C. Premiere Jorge and Roberta have been separated for several years. They simply come from opposite worlds: he likes an uncomplicated life in the jungle while she prefers a more urban existence. He is Mexican, she is Italian, and she has decided to return to Rome with their five-year-old son, Natan. But before they leave, Jorge wishes to take young Natan on a trip, hoping to teach him about his origins in Mexico. At first the boy is physically and emotionally uncomfortable with the whole affair, but as father and son spend more time together, Natan embarks on a learning experience that will remain with him forever. Jorge takes Natan to Chinchorro, home to the second largest coral reef on the planet and one of the few places in the Mexican Caribbean with an intact ecosystem. The relationship between man and nature is subtly revealed as we bear witness to the day-to-day existence of the fishermen in Chinchorro, who still spear for lobster and live with few modern conveniences. Straddling a thin line between fiction and documentary, filmmaker Pedro González-Rubio weaves a delicate, moving narrative. Through Jorge and Natan’s story, González-Rubio brings us to a remote region in Mexico and puts us in touch with a very pure way of life with few modern conveniences (—Toronto International Film Festival). Directed by Pedro González-Rubio. Official selection, 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.

Introduced by Felix Angel, Director of the IDB Cultural Center, Inter-American Development Bank.

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