Ex-voto for Three Souls| 44mins
Director: Diego Rivera Kohn | Producer: Diego Rivera Kohn
Focus Years: 2008 | Country: Canada
An ex-voto is a votive offering to thank God for a miracle, or to ask for one. This is the portrait of three Mexicans, all of whom need such a miracle for different reasons. Christian is a young boxer who is literally trying to fight his way out of poverty; a victory in the ring can be the necessary step to a professional career. Eighty-year-old MarÃa-Teresa has to have a major heart operation and asks for God to stand by her surgeons. And then there's Luis the fisherman, who wants God to put a stop to the fish shortage and the low profits that come with it. "Ex-voto for Three Souls" translates the subjects' deep faith into a film with atmospheric camerawork, minimal dialogue and solid sound design; a film that sweeps the viewer along in the mental states of the three believers.