Hierve El Agua (The Water Boils)

Experimental documentary short filmed in Mexico. Water that sounds as if it’s boiling, but it is not: it is only the sound. From mysterious pans of still photos taken from a tourist point of view, to the camera suddenly bumping along a back-road hitched ride in the back of a pick-up truck up a mountain to a remote mineral spring in the mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico. Trying to communicate across borders of language and social rules. A beautiful stranger, repressed desire that bubbles out of the spring. Borders of space, language, and culture: travel/ tourism. English/Spanish. Still photography/moving image. Life (water) /death (coffins, vulture)? Sound/image. Body language/spoken language? Distance/desire for the filmed? The barriers of language inundated with a quiet hidden desire. Music by the experimental sound band Matmos, used with permission.
https://vimeo.com/205979052 password: Mexico
Bio: Liena Vayzman is a photographer and art historian now making experimental film. She earned the MA and PhD in History of Art at Yale University and is Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at City University of New York - LaGuardia Community College in New York City. www.lienavayzman.org

  • Liena Vayzman
  • Liena Vayzman
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Music Video, Short
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    March 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    English, Spanish
  • Shooting Format:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Rieti i Sabina Film Festival
    September 21, 2018
    European premiere
  • Boulevard Film Festival 2018
    Queens, New York NY
    United States
    July 14, 2018
    USA Premiere
    Official Selection - Documentary
  • Montanha Mountain Film Festival - Pico Festival 2019
    Pico Island, Azores
    January 25, 2019
    Portugal premiere
    Official Selection
Director - Liena Vayzman