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Brimstone & Glory (2017)

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The National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico is a site of festivity unlike any other in the world. In celebration of San Juan de Dios, patron saint of firework makers, conflagrant revelry engulfs the town for ten days. Artisans show off their technical virtuosity, up-and-comers create their own rowdy, lo-fi combustibles, and dozens of teams build larger-than- life papier-mâché bulls to parade into the town square, adorned with fireworks that blow up in all directions. More than three quarters of Tultepec's residents work in pyrotechnics, making the festival more than revelry for revelry's sake. It is a celebration that anchors a way of life built around a generations-old, homegrown business of making fireworks by hand. For the people of Tultepec, the National Pyrotechnic Festival is explosive celebration, unrestrained delight and real peril. Plunging headlong into the fire, BRIMSTONE & GLORY honors the spirit of Tultepec's community and celebrates celebration itself. Edited by Affonso Gonçalves and scored by Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin, the creative team of BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD..

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But [Brimstone & Glory] deftly captures the skill, passion and peril behind the fireworks, as well as the love of a family whose livelihood is rooted in this booming trade.

July 1, 2018 | Full Review…

A movie that repays being seen on a big reflective screen, one on which the image is projected rather than one from which the image emanates.

November 22, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The film ... has a wandering attention span and grows monotonous even at barely more than one hour.

November 21, 2017 | Full Review…

In Brimstone, it's a manic, freewheeling moment, empowering to the young person holding the flames and foreshadowing the impossibly precarious explosions to come.

November 20, 2017 | Full Review…

[Brimstone] is lively, a colorful documentary.

November 16, 2017 | Full Review…

"Brimstone & Glory's" greatest grace comes from its subjects, whom Jakovleski neither patronizes nor fetishizes.

November 9, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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