Death in Arizona

Tin Dirdamal’s 2014 film “Death in Arizona” screens at UnionDocs, Brooklyn on Friday, July 15 at 7:30pm. The screening is part of the Mexican film series PROYECTOR. Director Tin Dirdamal will be present for Q&A

About Death in Arizona

This is director Tin Dirdamal’s personal documentary about getting through the loss of a relationship. When his love runs away, the artist returns to their empty apartment and longs for her. Much of the film is shot through the window of the director’s apartment in a dusty town in Bolivia.

Many vignetted set shots explore feelings of emptiness and abandonment. They are beautiful in their way. “He wanted to flee, but knew the pain would go with him.”

The story is a little over sentimental. After all, who has time and a stomach for suffering endless mourning in an empty apartment?

The main story line is interspersed with the narrated thoughts of a tribal survivor of the meteorite impact at Meteor Crater in Arizona. The two stories seem incongruous, but the meteor strike works as a metaphor for a deep shock that changes everything.

The occasional English narration with Spanish subtitles is jarring. It mirrors the mental confusion when lost love takes over the soul.


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