Los cuatro vientos

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Los cuatro vientos

Los cuatro vientos
Anna-Sophia Richard
German Competition 2021
Documentary Film
98 minutes

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Anna-Sophia Richard
Gerrit Klein
Adrian Goiginger
Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
Marcus Vetter
Jonas Schneider
Felix Schmerbeck
Berend Intelmann
Claudio Demel
Florian Staerk
Anselm Koneffke
David Kuruc

Almost every inhabitant of Fondo Negro has relatives abroad. Since the 1980s, job migration, meaning wages shared with the residents from afar, has been one of the most important sources of income in this region in the southwest of the Dominican Republic. Young women in particular go to Europe or the U.S. to support their families by unskilled labour. In her enchantingly beautiful film, director Anna-Sophia Richard shows how this affects the ones who stay behind.

When she set out on the journey to Europe, she didn’t know what to expect, says one of the seven people portrayed. It was as if she was going on a holiday: a holiday that’s now lasted more than thirty years. Others haven’t seen their families in over fifteen years, their only contact being by phone or video chat. The mayor of Fondo Negro, herself the first job migrant from the region, tries to keep the women in the village. But the pull of jobs elsewhere is powerful. What’s left are separated families, children who grow up without parents and couples who become estranged. Almost in passing, the director shows in colourful, dreamy images how provisional solutions manifest themselves and permanently shape the reality of people’s lives. Happiness is only an eight-hour flight away – and still unattainable.
Kim Busch
Nominated for DEFA Sponsoring Prize, Young Eyes Film Award, VER.DI Prize for Solidarity, Humanity and Fairness, Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize, Leipziger Ring