Selb · April 04 - 07, 2024 47. GRENZLAND-FILMTAGE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Program

Serpent in the West
(Schlange im Westen)

Storyline

"Serpent in the West" is an intimate analogy about depression due to uprooting and the uprooting of medicinal plants such as Ayahuasca. Both caused by globalization. But as in every subject: Nothing is black or white. "Serpent in the West" seeks that synergy between the contrasts. Finding a dialogue between the emotional and rational world, merging film with reportage, science with spirituality. Revealing the black and white nuances that have these ancestral practices in the West and looking for the synergy of two very different cultures.

About the film/director

Yessica Hurtado Martínez was born in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Mexico, in 1989. She studied Audiovisual Media Technology Engineering at THD Deggendorf, Germany. After her studies, she worked in various sectors in the audiovisual world as a speaker, editor, videographer and graphic designer. Besides her work in corporate areas, she pro duces and directs several portraits and music videos of artists in Mexico, Germany and Hawaii. She directs her first short Documentary "Acti8Electro Jazz" and a documentary portrait of Artisan Lon Klein "The passion of building surfboards" in 2015 in Hawaii. Between 2017 and 2019 she makes music videos with documentary characteristics with both Mexican son Jarocho artist Yehosua Perez and Sitarist Leonardo Prakash. Enchanted by the power of interviews and the portrayal of spontaneous images, Yessica studies her Masters in Documentary Filmmaking at ECIB in 2020 and premieres her first Documentary Essay "Serpent in the West" in 2023. An intimate analogy about the uprooting depression of people and the uprooting of medicinal plants; such as Ayahuasca.

Credits

Director:
Yessica Hurtado Martínez
Script:
Yessica Hurtado Martínez
Camera:
Yessica Hurtado Martínez, Nacho Carulla
Editor:
Yessica Hurtado Martínez, Isabel Martínez Escudero
Sound:
Helios Reguera
Music:
Lucy Marín, Kirtan
Producer:
Yessica Hurtado Martínez
Contact:
Yessica Hurtado Martínez, Jesús Soria
E-Mail:
jazzyess@hotmail.com, hola@mms-distribuciondecortometrajes.es
  • Germany, Mexico, Spain
  • OmdU (Spanish,German)
  • 2022
  • 25 minutes

Serpent in the West
(Schlange im Westen)

Documentary films – Block #1