Upcoming Screenings

January 6, 2020, Fargo, ND

March 11, 2020, NYC

April 16-18, 2020, Paris, France  TBA

“Robin Starbuck is an avant-garde New York filmmaker and video artist whose work examines the ways images are used to inform, insinuate, provoke, and intrigue.  Her experimental documentary, "How We See Water" explores the intersections of indigenous history and contemporary life in Chiapas, Mexico through the lives of two young women who work to gain their independence through education.  Ruminative, but with an undercurrent of urgency, the film seeks to illuminate the struggles, joys, and contradictions in these young women's lives through the visual experiences that attend them.”  Paden Douglas

"How We See Water" follows the lives of two young women, Juana Gomez Ramirez and Rosa Maria Hernandez, in San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico, as they grow from girls to young women and struggle to fulfill their dreams of obtaining an education while also serving a vital role in earning a living for their families. The survival of children in indigenous Chiapian Mexico is both fragile and resonant with cultural history. Working with the guidance of Melel Xojobal and the Na Bolom Museum, Starbuck filmed with these young girls and their families for over four years. Structurally, ‘How We See Water” utilizes both realistic and non-realistic devices and a shifting temporal emphasis throughout. The film combines footage of Chiapan life with animation, interviews, and dance. Both the visual and aural components of this film seek to interrogate conventional narrative structure and how this is represented in documentary film.

Director/Producer/Writer: Robin Starbuck

Primary Participants: Juana Gomez Ramirez and Rosa Maria Hernandez

Field Producer: Scott Duce

Camera: Robin Starbuck and Scott Duce

Additional Camera: Jeremiah Davis, Hannah Rifkin, Tori Himes

Field Audio Recorder: Tori Himes

Interpreters: Miles Gordon, Sas Weber, Sofia Siedel, Amber Zimay

Research Assistant: Julia Prushan, Xueni Yang, Isabella Vargas, Gayatri Degan,

Communications Management: Paden Douglas

Animation: Robin Starbuck

Music: Zoe Keating

Additional music: Street musicians of San Cristobal de las Casas

Sound Design: Robin Starbuck

Screenings To Date:

Anthology Film Archives, Ny, NY                                                                                      

Georgia Documentary Film Festival, Atlanta, GA, nominated Best International Director Award

Indie Open Screen, Brooklyn, NY

North Dakota Human Rights Film Festival

Oregon Documentary Film Festival, Portland, OR

Ethnografilm, Paris, France

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How We See Water is also available in Spanish
Link to Trailer
How We See Water
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