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Nicolás Pereda's inventive, behind-the-scenes documentary portrait of famed Mexican actress, director, performance artist and political activist Jesusa Rodríguez further develops his intriguing explorations of the thin line between cinematic fiction and non-fiction.
A departure from Pereda's previous work, this inventive documentary portrait focuses on famed Mexican actress, director, performance artist and political activist Jesusa Rodríguez as she gives a theatrical recital of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz's classic poem Primer sueño for a television program on the poet's life and work that Pereda had been commissioned to make. Shooting behind the scenes of the show in high-contrast black and white, Pereda creates a parallel document to his original commission that is a wholly original work in its own right, emphasizing the temps mort of the process of production and performance and further developing Pereda's explorations of the thin line between cinematic fiction and non-fiction. All Things Were Now Overtaken by Silence reinvents the original film from the margins. Devoting equal time to the production of the film itself as the poetry, All Things... transforms the struggle of Pereda and his crew to find the ideal shadow and camera angle into abstract and mesmerizing drama" (Haden Guest, Harvard Film Archive).