ichii-carbón-carbón-ichii (salt-coal-coal-salt)

Trailer for "ichii-carbón-carbón-ichii", by Carlos Reyes Florez



What happens when salt, from salt lakes worked by indigenous people, and coal, from a mine run by a multinational corporation are brought into touch? Two contrasting, conflicting but neighbouring places will be brought into touch in this short essay documentary film while the filmmaker explores his own identity. An identity blurred by growing up inside the fenced community owned by the coal mine while living surrounded, on the outside, by this beautiful, tormented, resilient, hallucinatory region. The mine (one of the biggest in the world) and the salt lakes both lie in La Guajira, the northernmost region of South America, separated by a few kilometres.

Screens 1 December 2016 at Bertha DocHouse, London