YIDFF ’95  International Competition

Metal and Melancholy

    Director: Heddy Honigmann
    THE NETHERLANDS / 1993 / 16mm / Color / 80 min

Metal and Melancholy is an unusual road-movie in documentary form. A journey through the art of survival with the taxi drivers of Lima, Peru: teachers, economists, actors, agents of the Secret Service, housewives—all of them dreamers, all of them fighters, all of them taxi drivers—earning a bit (extra) on their way to a possibly better future. The portraits of the drivers grow into a panorama of human fighting spirit, the many ingenious ways of survival we humans employ - of passion, hope, pain, and a zest for life.