THE THREE BURIALS OF MELQUIADES ESTRADA
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada is a study of the
emotional, psychological, spiritual, and social
implications of having an international border running
through the middle of a culture.
We have used the narrative form of a journey wherein
circumstances conspire to compel a hero to leave a mundane
place and travel through various other places; some of them
dangerous or life-threatening, some of them humorous, some
of them mysterious, all of them arduous, until ultimately,
he arrives at a good place where he knows who he is and how
to gracefully relate to the world around him. It's a form
that's been used for thousands of years, and it serves us
well in this study of social contrasts and the mechanics of
Some visual influences have been the Kabuki Theatre,
the art of Donald Judd and Dan Flavin, and the films of
Akira Kurosawa, Sam Peckinpah, and Jean-Luc Godard.
- Tommy Lee Jones
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