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The Inheritors (2011)

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The most highly praised and awarded Mexican documentary in many years, The Inheritors immerses us in the daily lives of children who, with their families, survive only by their unrelenting labor. Polgovsky spent two years filming in many of the poorest rural areas of Mexico, where children barely bigger than the buckets they carry work long hours, in often hazardous conditions, picking tomatoes, peppers, or beans, for which they are paid byweight. Documenting a world in which everyone, from the frailest elders to the smallest of toddlers, must work, The Inheritors explores how the cycle of poverty is passed on, from one generation to another. -- (C)Anthology

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Eugenio Polgovsky's unvarnished portrait of the rural poor in modern-day Mexico.

September 9, 2011 | Rating: 4/5

What you remember most are the children, many of them barely past toddler age, herding animals, gathering wood and slogging buckets of vegetables picked from sunburnt fields.

September 7, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Unadulterated labor is the focus of this blistering, beautifully modulated documentary from Mexican auteur Eugenio Polgovsky.

September 6, 2011 | Full Review…

The harsh, relentlessly arduous conditions experienced by children toiling in the Mexican countryside are observed with striking vision and cinematic poetry by filmmaker Eugenio Polgovsky.

March 11, 2011

Reveals the brutal exploitation that makes year-round tomatoes available at your local Gristede's.

September 9, 2011 | Full Review…

One reason why The Inheritors works is that it abandons the reckless point-and-shoot aesthetic of so many social-issue movies.

September 6, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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