Los herederosLos herederos
The Inheritors

Eugenio Polgovsky
Mexico, Documentary, 2008
90 min, DVCam, Color
Spanish with English subtitles

Los herederos is a portrait of the young children in the Mexican countryside who begin to work at an early age. The film focuses on their daily struggle for survival and their activities in farming, sculpting and painting “alebrijes,” shepherding, making bricks, weaving, looking after their siblings, collecting water, harvesting tomato, chili, maize, and laboring in a myriad of other activities. They have inherited tools and techniques from their ancestors, but they have also inherited their day-to-day hardship because, as generations pass, child workers seem to remain captive in a cycle of inherited poverty. After its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and its screening at various other renowned festivals, Los herederos was awarded the 2009 Mexican Ariels for best editing and best documentary feature.



All audiences

MACC, Saturday April 25, 12 Noon


Eugenio Polgovsky was born in Mexico City in 1977. After completing his studies at the CCC in Mexico City, he went on to direct short films and his first documentary, Tropic of Cancer, which was awarded an Ariel and screened at Sundance and Cannes. In 2004, Polgovksy received Mexico’s National Youth Award.

Producer: Camille Tauss
Screenwriter: Eugenio Polgovsky
Cinematographer: Eugenio Polgovsky
Editor: Eugenio Polgovsky
Music: Banda Mixe de Oaxaca