Brimstone & Glory
Viktor Jakovleski, 67 min, Documentary, Spanish with English subtitles, USA, 2017
Followed by a discussion with the film critic Rami Abdel Razek
Through stunning cinematography, director Viktor Jakovleski takes us inside preparations for the annual pyrotechnic festival in Tultepec, Mexico. The job of making each exhibit bigger and better than before falls to local families who have been doing it for generations – often by trial and error. While the men strive for greater and greater glory, danger is never far away.
“Brimstone & Glory” has won Best Director and Best Picture Awards for Feature Documentary at Austin Fantastic Fest, Creative Recognition Award for Best Music at International Documentary Association, John Schlesinger Award at Palm Springs International Film Festival, Special Citation at San Francisco Film Critics Circle, Golden Gate Award at for Best Documentary at San Francisco International Film Festival, Art Doc Award’s Special Mention at Sheffield International Documentary Festival and the National Board of Review Award for Top Five Documentaries. The movie was nominated for Cinema Eye Honors Award, Audience Award at Montclair Film Festival as well as the Jury Award and Student Choice Award at Philadelphia Film Festival.