LECHE

Naomi Uman
Mexico, USA 1998 | 30 Min. | 16 mm, OF
Q&A with:
Naomi Uman

Made with the most rudi­men­ta­ry tools of film­mak­ing LECHE is a black and white film which exam­ines details of the lives of a rural mex­i­can family. The film was hand processed in buck­ets and hung to dry on the clothesline.

»This 30-minute, visu­al­ly stun­ning, exper­i­men­tal doc­u­men­tary by Cal Arts film grad Naomi Uman details the seem­ing­ly mun­dane yet ulti­mate­ly rich day-to-day life of a small rancho in rural Aguas­calientes, Mexico, while skill­ful­ly nav­i­gat­ing a fine line between a del­i­cate art-film sen­si­bil­i­ty and straight­for­ward anthro­pol­o­gy. Uman’s stripped-down yet cal­cu­lat­ed use of ultra-low-budget film-pro­duc­tion tech­niques (hand­held, Bolex-pro­duced black-and-white footage hand-processed in her bath­room) per­fect­ly com­ple­ments the decep­tive­ly »simple« life of the Mex­i­can family she films. The scratched footage shim­mers with a lumi­nous and real­is­tic tex­ture that per­fect­ly cap­tures the beau­ti­ful harsh­ness of the rancho’s land­scape. Direct and matter-of-fact inter­ti­tels (»Socor­ro sings in a corn­field«) fur­ther resonate.«
(Jimi Men­di­o­la in »San Fran­cis­co Bay Guardian, 16.9.98)