A life in barren­ness. This is an apt descrip­tion of the reality in the Mojave Desert in the south­west of the United States. Nothing blocks the horizon; the skies are endless, as is the land­scape, which stretches out hot and arid in daytime. The wind has free play, cattle has free rein and people that still live here seek refuge in an upgraded caravan. What brings people to want to live in these surround­ings? Director Chris Teerink asked a number of inhab­i­tants about their motives. The weather-beaten men are cowboys who could have walked right out of some Western. One of them tells how his first wife died a few years into their marriage. My second wife did endure it’, the man proceeds. But she had grown up in Texas among cattle.’ The film contains some gorgeous images of a shim­mering desert. At night, the lights of a modern city in the distance twinkle, but the cowboys prefer to live in an envi­ron­ment where you can’t go out unpre­pared without being punished for it.

Title: Mojave
Year: 2004
Duration : 50 minutes
Category: Short Documentary
Edition: NFF 2004

NFF Archive

You are now in the NFF Archive. The archive contains contains information on film, TV and interactive productions that were screened at past festival editions. The NFF does not dispose of this material. For this, please contact the producer, distributor or broadcaster. Sometimes, older films can also be found at the Eye Film Museum or the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision.