victor arroyo

Time is out of Joint

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.


Produced by POLLO
Voice-over – Motomoto Sanchez
Taxi driver – Mario Arroyo

Sound design by Christian Olsen
Additional photography by Oswaldo Toledano
Post-production supervising by Oswaldo Toledano
Laboratory services and 2k scan provided by Frame Discreet

Production Support

El Colegio De Michoacan
Centro de Estudios en Geografia Humana
2015 – 2018

Mitacs Globalink Research Award
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Talent Lab
Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal

Financial Support

Canada Council for the Arts.

Globalink Research Award.
MITACS, Canada

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.

Exhibitions | Screenings

Panorámica – Muestra Internacional de Cine Independiente 2021
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Uppsala Kortfilmfestival 2020
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DOXA Documentary Film Festival 2019
Winner Short Documentary Award
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ICDOCS International Documentary Film Festival 2019
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Docudays UA International Documentary Film Festival 2019
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Rendez­-vous Québec Cinéma 2019
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Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018
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Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal RIDM 2018
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Festival de Cine Etnográfico de Ecuador 2018
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