In their films, Charles and Linares revisit their relationships to their lands, where lush island flora thrives amidst ruins of decomposing concrete edifices. Their respective investigations, which are both being presented at this year’s Third Horizon Film Festival from June 23 through 26, in Miami, lead them to the birthplaces of trauma carried through generations of their family and subsequently passed on to their descendents—themselves. Film and its inherent capability of reenactment become conduits for closure and necessary healing in communities where confronting the roots of trauma has historically been forbidden.
Linares opens Lo Que se Hereda with archival family footage of herself at age four surrounded by older male relatives. The video is seemingly playful—a young, fragile child asking not to be tickled or messed with while the bigger kids pick on her. They pull up her underwear while laughing and prodding at her attempts to seem strong in spite of their bullying. The undertones, however, feel rife with the familial tension that Linares explores throughout the entirety of the film—the feeling of being ostracized for being different.