Brimstone & Glory
The National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico, is a site of festivity unlike any other in the world. In celebration of San Juan de Dios, patron saint of firework-makers, conflagrant revelry engulfs the town for 10 days. Artisans show off their technical virtuosity, up-and-comers create their own rowdy, lo-fi combustibles, and dozens of teams build larger-than-life papier-mâché bulls to parade into the town square, adorned with fireworks that blow up in all directions. More than three-quarters of Tultepec’s residents work in pyrotechnics, making the festival more than revelry for revelry’s sake. It is a celebration that anchors a way of life built around a generations-old, homegrown business of making fireworks by hand. Plunging headlong into the fire, “Brimstone & Glory” honors the spirit of Tultepec’s community and celebrates celebration itself. The film is edited by Affonso Gonçalves and scored by Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin, the creative team of “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”
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