Center for Contemporary Arts Cinematheque
1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe NM 87501
General Admission | $10
SITE | $8.50
CCA Members | $8
Tickets Phone | (505) 982-1338
Conceived in part as a fictional documentary about a group of people recounting their experiences visiting a Native American reservation in southeastern Arizona, The Desert People is the first work that Lamelas produced in Los Angeles. Described by the artist as “a study on American film production,” the film shifts between genres to point to the deficiencies of narrative in documentary- style filmmaking, purposefully calling attention to the highly subjective nature of meaning and truth. Part fact, part fiction, The Desert People progresses as a typical road movie, interspersed with interviews that provide both reliable and unreliable accounts of the conditions of the Papago (Tohono O’odham), whose loss of indigenous culture forms the basis of Lamelas’ inquiry.