52 Seconds


Scotiabank Theatre 13 Thu, May 3, 2018 5:30 PM
Scotiabank Theatre 3 Fri, May 4, 2018 2:15 PM
Scotiabank Theatre 7 Sat, May 5, 2018 8:30 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Ecuador
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:International Spectrum
Film Subjects:Disasters
Personal Histories
South America
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Javier Andrade
Producer(s):Ana Maria Hidalgo
Executive Producer(s):Agustin Febres Cordero
Editor(s):Carla Valencia
Writer(s):Javier Andrade
Cinematography:Javier Andrade
Composer:Mateo Herrera


After a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hits the coast of Ecuador, causing complete devastation in just 52 seconds, documentarian Javier Andrade returns to his hometown of Portoviejo to survey the damage. His unique perspective as a local permits him to capture aspects of natural disaster not normally noticed: the silence left behind; how an earthquake doesn't shake but moves like water, displacing rather than imploding things; the fact that people still smile and laugh even during the worst. The least obvious and most important details are those expressed by his family, when his father admits he'd rather focus on other people's pain than his own, and when his grandmother shares the family's secret chicken stew recipe during a series of aftershocks. After a near-death experience, every moment becomes precious because it could be the last. By looking at the earthquake from the Andrade family's point of view, we find its epicentre. Angie Driscoll

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