Narco-capitalism has significantly modified the rural and urban environments of contemporary Mexico. More than 40,000 acres of Indigenous forest in Michoacán, mx., have been appropriated by narco industries, turning it into a a composite site of hidden dynamics, cartel-drug crimes and state-sponsored violence, leaving no apparent material residue, however, still affecting the production of landscape. Landscapes of extermination have the ability to conceal realities of inequality and violence, normalizing a politically complex reality.

Blending performance with observational approaches and ethnography, this documentary provides a glimpse into Indigenous rural Mexico at the intersection between ecocide, narco­labour and enforced disappearance.

Time is out of Joint
Todos los Muertos
Color, Stereo
25 mins.

A documentary by Victor Arroyo

Voice-over by Motomoto Sanchez
Taxi driver Mario Arroyo

Additional photography by Oswaldo Toledano
Sound design by Christian Olsen

Post-production supervising by Oswaldo Toledano
Laboratory services and 2k scan provided by Frame Discreet


This film was produced with support from the residencies

El Colegio De Michoacan
Center for the Study of Human Geography
2015 – 2018

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Talent Lab
RIDM 2017
Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal

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Financial Support

Canada Council for the Arts.

Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement Supérieur.
Gouvernement du Québec.

Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur, Recherche, Science et Technologie.
Gouvernement du Québec.

Concordia University
Faculty of Fine Arts.

Globalink Research Award
MITACS, Canada


Docudays UA
International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
03 | 2019

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Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma
02 | 2019

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Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire Montréal RIDM
11 | 2018

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Sheffield International Documentary Festival
06 | 2018

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Festival de Cine Etnografico de Ecuador
08 | 2018

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