Carolina Rivas & Daoud Sarhandi / Mexico / 2011 / 75 min, Canadian Premiere

In Spanish with English subtitles

Winner: Best Film Prize – Mexico Today, Festival Internacional de Cine UNAM (FICUNAM), 2011 – Mexico

A metaphor of the Flood in our epoch. ‘The Flood’ is the rain of violence that washes over us; ‘Noah’s Arc’ is the train that runs through Mexico toward the United States; the migrants are ‘the species’ attempting to save their lives. Framed as a series of humanistic lessons for the directors’ three year old daughter, Zafirah.

Directors’ Statement: When we envisaged this project we wanted to place the director in front of the camera, not hidden behind it. So that finally the director confronts reality alongside the personalities in the film. We believe that cinema stimulates change not only through “denunciation” but also through confrontation and by fomenting emotions that illuminate new and constructive thoughts. With this objective in mind, Lessons for Zafirah became a cinematic diary for our first viewer: our three-year-old daughter, Zafirah.


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