Mexican Ritual (Mitote), dir. Eugenio Polgovsky, Mexico 2012, 54 min.
Twenty-first-century digital technology meets nineteenth-century animation in Eugenio Polgovsky’s Lightbyrinth
(2016), a homage to eminent physicist James Clerk Maxwell. Filmed in Cambridge using Maxwell’s original zoetrope, the film conjures a sense of wonder at early image-making processes.
A shaman’s mystical rituals, furious electricians on hunger strike and a euphoric football crowd collide in Polgovsky’s Mexican Ritual (Mitote) (2012), filmed in the Zócalo, Mexico City’s central square and the ancient ceremonial heart of the Aztec empire. The documentary essay portrays the square as a nucleus of the city, in which the fervour of nationalism melds past and present, rage and celebration.
Lightbyrinth, dir. Eugenio Polgovsky, UK 2016, 7 min.
Mexican Ritual (Mitote), dir. Eugenio Polgovsky, Mexico 2012, 54 min., Spanish with English subtitle