Purgatorio – Educational Version

Rodrigo Reyes’ provocative essay film re-imagines the Mexico/U.S. border as a mythical place comparable to Dante’s purgatory. Leaving politics aside, he takes a fresh look at the brutal beauty of the border and the people caught in its spell. By capturing a stunning mosaic of compelling characters and broken landscapes on the border, Reyes reflects on the flaws of human nature and the powerful absurdities of the modern world.

Purgatorio has screened at nearly 40 festivals including LAFF, Vancouver, Warsaw, and the prestigious Documentary Fortnight at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.


Purgatorio won the Jury Awards for Best Documentary at the New Orleans Film Festival as well as This Human World in Vienna. Rodrigo Reyes is a young, talented director who has been selected as part of the coveted 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine and has been awarded by Tribeca Film Institute, Film Independent and NALIP.

Educational usage: Social Justice, Human Rights, American Studies, Southern Studies, Immigration, Mexican-American Studies, Media Studies, Anthropology, Cultural Studies

The documentary is available with Public Performance Rights (PPR) and Digital Site Licenses (DSL). To learn more about how to screen the film for your university or organization contact us at info@matsonfilms.com.

Non-theatrical Public Performance Rights allow the purchaser to screen the film for groups of 50 or less. These rights are guaranteed in perpetuity for the life of the copy. No admission can be charged and screenings may not be open to the public.