Brilliant Soil (Tierra Brillante - English subtitles)

The dream of a Purepecha woman for her land to shine again

By custom, thousands of artisans in Mexico are still using lead in their glazed pottery, not knowing the health damage produced by this toxic element.

Herlinda, a Purepecha indigenous potter, is one of the few artisans in her community to use alternative lead-free glazes. Now that she has achieved better health and living conditions for her family, she faces the difficult task of finding a market for her impressive pieces. But this doesn’t dull her dreams of having her shop thrive so her brothers return from the United States to rejoin the family tradition.

An unexpected trip could crystallize this dream.


Grand Prix 8th Film Festival on Clay and Glass, France; Best Film Award at the International Festival of Indigenous Film and Video, Mexico; Material Culture and Archeology Film Prize at the 13th RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film, Scotland.

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