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Liborio. 2021. Dominican Republic. Directed by Nino Martinez Sosa. In Spanish; English subtitles. 99 min.
Faith and magic become flesh and blood in this consummate debut feature from Dominican filmmaker Nino Martinez Sosa. Divided into seven sections, the film tells the legend of Liborio, a farmer who disappeared from his village near the beginning of the 20th century, only to be resurrected as a figure of spiritual healing and political rebellion, both an exalted messiah and a tangible human being. Using a prismatic storytelling approach, ultimately centering on the villagers’ fight for independence from occupying US forces, Sosa weaves a tapestry made of multiple perspectives, a reminder that history is collective memory and shared myth.
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