The Land

An abstract snapshot of creative life at the edge of the Sonoran Desert.

On the southernmost border of Arizona’s Cochise County, the Sonoran Desert provides a life of creative expression for those able to live in concert with its diverse plants, animals and people. A deep regional history reveals itself each year as the community gathers to share in fire and rebirth. Shot on decades-old expired 16mm film stock, the imperfect visual texture and meditative docent-like voiceover are complemented by a live, improvised instrumental soundtrack. The resulting exploration of sound and image exposes a life of beauty, freedom and powerful self-reflection.

Directed by Stephen Crout (USA)