The Devil's Swing

Directed by Alan Govenar


Details: The Devil's Swing 2005, Film and Video, 65:35, color, Produced by Documentary Arts, Inc., Directed by Alan Govenar, Cinematography by Robert Tullier, Sound by Alan Govenar and Chris Strachwitz, Editing by Andrew Dean, Production Assistance by Kaleta Doolin and Curtis Tunnell, Translation by Enrique Madrid, Music: Courtesy Arhoolie Records

High above where the Rio Conchos joins the Rio Grande along the Texas-Mexico border, people in this film say the devil has mounted a swing, from which he can effect everything, revealing himself through seemingly unrelated worlds — sacred rituals, corridos, druglords, Pancho Villa, and the tragic killing of 19 year-old boy. The film was shown at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival.