The Blessings of the Mystery
Carolina Caycedo & David de Rozas
DCP, Color & Surround Sound, 115 min, 2022


An immersive labyrinth across the troubled histories of colonization, environmental racism, and indigenous resistance in the US Far West.

Radically combining collaborative and experimental documentary with harrowing oral histories, reenactments, archival research, and 16mm found footage, the film’s narration is structured around a series of dichotomies and conflicting visions, offering viewers an emotive and resilient understanding of the region’s ecological, cultural, and industrial history.

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A film with Juan Mancias ~ Esto'k Gna Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe of Texas,

and Vicente Celis, Jonah Emerson-Bell, Walt Senterfit, Adriana Serrano, Westin Huffman, Christopher Gonzales, Terry Ashcraft, Rachel Barrett, Nicolas Bustillos, Jerram Rojo, Molly Barker, Christina Pryor, Una Santiago-Caycedo, Patty Huerta, Marina Magalhães, Oscar Meraz, Martin Terry, Dean A. Hendrickson, & George Yatskievych.

Directed by Carolina Caycedo & David de Rozas
Director of Photography and Editor: David De Rozas
Live Sound: Carolina Caycedo
Production Assistant: Gabriela Carballo
Assistant Directors: Una Santiago-Caycedo
Original Music Composed and Produced by Pedro Barbadillo
Sound Design: Juan Carlos Blancas
Sound Mix: David Machado Domínguez, La Panificadora Estudios
Colorist: Marco Amaral (The Yellow Color)
VFX: VFX Frender - VFX Supervisor Max Colt
Graphic Design: Tangrama
Film Transfer: Frame Discreet and Fotokem

Produced by Ballroom Marfa, Via Art Foundation, and The National Endowment For The Arts

Co-produced by The Philip And Muriel Berman Foundation and Kevin Sherman.

Generous Support by The City Of Marfa, Texas Commission On The Arts, and The Ballroom Marfa International Surf Club