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Brimstone and Glory

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.

Directed by Viktor Jakovleski. Edited by Affonso Gonçalves and scored by Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin, the creative team of BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD.

"If these scenes of slow-motion wonderment weren't enough to get your heart pounding, Jakovleski then follows the crowds for their version of the running of the bulls."

April Wolfe, L.A. Weekly

"In his feature debut, Viktor Jakovleski has achieved that rare feat for a documentary and created a film culled from reality that makes you question whether you're still in your theater seat."

Arlin Golden, Film Inquiry

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

Kristen Page-Kirby, Washington Post

Movie Info

Directed by VIKTOR JAKOVLESKI
67 minutes
In spanish with english subtitles

CINEMA ADMISSION:

REGULAR ADMISSION: $11
REAL ART WAYS MEMBERS: $6
SENIOR & STUDENT MEMBERS: $5.50
SENIORS (65+): $8
FULL-TIME STUDENTS (WITH ID): $8

REAL ART WAYS' FACILITIES ARE WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE. ASSISTED LISTENING DEVICES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE CAFÉ.