In the Pit
Mexican legend recounted that for every bridge built the devil would ask for one soul, so that the bridge never fell. This fi lm tells the story of the workers who are constructing a 17-kilometre second deck for Mexico City’s inner Periférico freeway, and in doing so, transforming the city, its landscape and the lives of its inhabitants. In the Pit is the story of those whose hands and sweat go into the making of this mammoth work of concrete, steel and asphalt: their hopes and dreams, their stoicism and their dignity; ultimately, their survival. Contrasts, emotions and small moments culminate in the loss of a soul taken by the devil – a soul that will remain as a memory of the workers who built the Second Deck.
Juan Carlos Rulfo’s multi-award-winning documentary (including the Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize) explores both the construction and the city that it is to serve. While the progress of the second deck is the structural and temporal basis of the film, a series of impressionistic vignettes captures the day-to-day lives of those involved in the construction: the hard worker, the liar, the joker, the player. We see the workers’ places of origin – Michoacán, Estado de Mexico; we participate in their lives – funerals, festivities, music, dinner, rest. Above all, In the Pit presents the human face of anonymous labour.
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