This eloquent documentary, both lofty and terrestrial, follows the faceless vessels of globalization and evokes a pensive narrative of the human condition as filtered through global trade and the regimentation of Nature.
A man leaves Brazil and a red clay quarry that saturates all the surrounding nature to board a cargo ship. He is accompanying the “mountain” that has been extracted from the Brazilian forest and will travel in the ship’s hold to Taiwan.
The opening, the account of a man’s dream, is like a warning: “he knew that his dream would become the nightmare of those who would follow…” and sets the tone of this fable of reality. Is this global world of which the modern man dreams, which pushes back boundaries, already a nightmare of wandering blindly for others? Like the mudslides that invade the imagination of the people encountered, Romulo’s slow and melancholic voyage across the Pacific Ocean is almost immobile. This story of disappearances of land and of mysterious languages takes us aboard globalization. We take a highly poetic dive into the mist and fog of the absurdity of transporting raw materials across our world, in which man manages to move mountains of them.
74 minutes - in Mandarin, Uchinaaguchi, Portuguese / with English subtitles
Directed by: Simone Cortezão