Brilliant Soil

Film Title:

Brilliant Soil


Saturday 6 October 15:15


93 mins

Director: José Luis Figueroa Lewis, Sebastián Diaz Aguirre Country: Mexico
Writer: Sebastían Díaz Aguirre, José Luis Figueroa Lewis, Lorena Fuentes Aymes Original Format: -
Dir. of Photography: Juan Eduardo Navarrete Pajarito Print Source: Iván Gutiérrez Araico
Producer: Omar Foglio Almada, Ana Paola Rodríguez España
Cast: Herlinda Morales Jerónimo, Víctor Águila Sánchez

UK Premiere

For centuries craft pottery has been one of the main activities of the indigenous Purépechas people from the northwest of Mexico. During colonial times the Spanish introduced the use of lead to the manufacturing process. Despite the knowledge that lead is a highly toxic ingredient, local craft potters have continued to use it in their glazes and as a result, they and their families have suffered the inevitable and irreparable health consequences.

Brilliant Soil focuses of the touching story of Herlinda Morales, a native potter who has dedicated her life to the prevention of lead poisoning in her community. The documentary exposes her cause and does much to support her in promoting non toxic alternatives to lead. Moreover, it has helped Herlinda gain wider recognition for her local pottery and, to her delight, led to her being reunited with her long-lost brothers for the first time in years since they emigrated to the USA.

An honest and moving story, Brilliant Soil captures the imagination and charm of Herlinda and her passion for helping her family and her fellow workers. Interest in her personal story has also created renewed interest in the pottery tradition of Purépechas, one of the largest and most important indigenous groups in Mexico.

David Martinez

Jose Luis Figueroa and Paola Rodriguez, director and producer of Brilliant Soil, will be joining us for a Q&A afterwards.

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