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ROOTS (2010)

Roots is an allegorical representation of life and death in a neolitic community. The story illustrates the beginning of human sedentarism, at a time when man was still entirely dependent on nature to survive. High in the mountains and valleys of Castro Labor... read more

Completed On: 15 Jul, 2010

Duration: 39 min 0 sec

Genres: Documentary

Country: Portugal

Director: Carlos Ruiz Carmona

Submitted By: Carlos Carmona

ROOTS Poster
Roots is an allegorical representation of life and death in a neolitic community. The story illustrates the beginning of human sedentarism, at a time when man was still entirely dependent on nature to survive. High in the mountains and valleys of Castro Laboreiro, shepherds, hunters, farmers live a rudimentary lifestyle. There is a powerful spirit of solidarity in the group since they all depend on the efforts of others to survive.

One day Ancu, an important tribe hunter dies. All activities stop to begin the process of preparing the passage of Ancu to another, spiritual, world.
  • Directors
    Carlos Carmona
  • Producers
    Carlos Carmona
  • Writers
    Carlos Carmona
  • Film Type
    Documentary
  • Genres
    DOCU-DRAMA
  • Runtime
    39 minutes 0 seconds
  • Completion Date
    15 Jul, 2010
  • Production Budget
    22000 EUR
  • Country of Origin
    Portugal
  • Country of Filming
    Portugal
  • Film Language
    NONE
  • Shooting Format
    HD
  • Aspect Ratio
  • Film Color
    Color
  • Student Project
    No
  • First-time Filmmaker
    No

International Film Festival of Minho,
Portugal
ARCOS
07/15/2010
Best movie in the category of Cinema Minhoto

Bragacine Independent Film Festival,
Portugal
BRAGA
04/14/2010
National Premiere
Bracara Augusta Award

Director's Biography

Spanish/Portuguese filmmaker who has worked as producer and director in England and Portugal since 1995. He has produced several shorts and documentaries for television over the years. He currently lives in Porto (Portugal) where he set up his own production company, Fronteira Filmes, mostly dedicated to the production of documentaries.
In 1999 Carlos Ruiz directed and produced his first feature-length film: To anyone who can hear me. This film was premiered at the International Film Festival of Taormina, Italy and participated in festivals such as Edinburgh, Madrid, Sienna, Croatia, Roma, and Figueira da Foz. In 1999 To anyone who can hear me won two major awards at the International Film Festival of Figueira da Foz, Portugal: Grand Prix for best Feature Fiction Film and International Journalists Jury Prize and an Honorable Mention at the International Film Festival of Famalicâo, Portugal. In 2001 Carlos Ruiz produced Shadows, which was entered in competitions at the International Film Festival of Rotterdam (Netherlands) in January 2002. Shadows had its debut at Columbia Tri-Star Preview Theatre in London, England, 2001.

In 2004 Carlos Ruiz directs and produces his second feature film: Portrait, an award wining feature documentary which has participated in many International Film Festivals such as Taiwan, Ankara, Rome, Madrid, Mexico, Cadiz, Helsinski, DocLisboa and Tui-PlayDoc. In 2005 Portrait won Best Spanish Feature Film at the International Documentary Film Festival of Madrid, Spain. In the same year the film was awarded an Honorable Distinction at the International Documentary Film Festival of Tui, Pontevedra, Spain. In 2009 and 2010 Portrait was selected and distributed internationally by Miguel Cervantes’ Institute. The program included multiple long-term exhibitions in Mexico, Moscow, Shanghai, Stockholm, Beijing, Rome and Casablanca. In 2013 was selected and exhibited worldwide by Eurochannel in Europe, Asia and America.

CRU/RAW represents his last feature length documentary work. This film took almost a decade to be produced. The narrative includes content shot on institutions such as the Tribunal, the Hospital, the University, the Police, and the Prison.

Awards
Honour Mention, Avanca International Film Festival, July 2018
Best Documentary, Bragacine Independent Film Festival, Bracara Augusta Award, 2010 Portugal
Minhoto Cinema Best Film, Filminho Minho International Film Festival, 2010 Portugal
Honourable Mention, Tui International Documentary Film Festival, 2006 Pontevedra, Spain
Best Spanish Feature City of Madrid Award, Madrid International Documentary Film Festival, 2005 Spain
Best Director, Festival Internacional Independente de Braga – Braga Cine,2005 Portugal
Best Feature film, Figueira da Foz International Film Festival, 1999 Portugal
International Press Award, Figueira da Foz International Film Festival, 1999 Portugal
Honour Mention, Famalicão International Video and Film Festival, 2001 Portugal


Director's Statement

Roots is an allegorical representation of life and death in a neolitic community. The story illustrates the beginning of human sedentarism, at a time when man was still entirely dependent on nature to survive. High in the mountains and valleys of Castro Laboreiro, shepherds, hunters, farmers live a rudimentary lifestyle. There is a powerful spirit of solidarity in the group since they all depend on the efforts of others to survive.

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    12 May, 2020

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