At early age children begin to work in the Mexican countryside. The Inheritors is a portrait of theirs lives and their daily struggle for survival. These children work farming, sculpting and painting alebrijes, shepherding, making bricks, weaving cloth, looking after their little siblings, collecting water, harvesting tomato, chili, maize, and laboring in a myriad of other activities. They have inherited tools and techniques from their ancestors, but they have also inherited their day-by-day hardship. Generations pass and child workers remain captive in a cycle of inherited poverty.

Original Title Los herederos
German Title Los herederos - Die Erbenden
French Title Les héritiers
Other Titles Los herederos
Directed by Eugenio Polgovsky
Country Mexico
Available Formats DVD, HD, Blu-ray
Screenplay Eugenio Polgovsky
Film Editing Eugenio Polgovsky
Cinematography Eugenio Polgovsky
Sound Eugenio Polgovsky
Production Camille Tauss, Tecolote Films; Visions Sud Est
Runtime 90 Min.
Language Spanisch/d/f
Dokumentarfilm documentaire

Orizzonti, Mostra del Cinema, Verezia 2008

Festival Rotterdam

Festival Berlin

Visions du réel, Nyon

Festival Amsterdam

«Polgovsky zeigt uns die mexikanische Realität.» (El Universal, Mexiko)

"Petit bijou tragique, la seconde production d'Eugenio Polgovsky est avare en instants saisissants, poussant son spectateur à la révolte, sans pour autant verser dans le misérabilisme. A ne pas manquer!" Clap

"Tous simplement sidérant." 20 minutes

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