A film by Juan Pablo Gonzalez
2018, 62 minutes
No. 215

In the Mexican village of Milpillas, deteriorating economic and social conditions have led to a wave of suicides among its young people. The extraordinary new documentary Cabellerango (horse wrangler), from filmmaker Juan Pablo González, examines one such case, relying on conversations with family members and townspeople to piece together the factors that led to this tragic incident, and in the process, reflect upon the changes occurring across much of the country.

Nando was the youngest apprentice of his father, Jose, a lifelong horse wrangler. The film’s magnificent, melancholic tone forms the backdrop for interviews capturing familial loss and longing. This chorus of voices also tenderly explores the community’s daily rituals. Evocative cinematography grasps the landscape, the ranches, and the pair of white horses to which Nando and his father tended, painting an eerily patient portrait of an inexplicable tragedy. 

The film harnesses an ethereal sensation around a mysterious incident that shook this small town.

Official Selection, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam
Official Selection, True/False Film Festival
Official Selection, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

 "Caballerango quietly tells the story of loss and change... the filmmakers effectively transplant the painful feelings of the Milpillas community into the hearts of the audience and spotlight the magnitude of their tragedy." - Vox