Rush Hour

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Mexico | 2017 | 79 minutes | Luciana Kaplan

Three different characters in three different cities in three different countries, all united by the fact that they spend almost half their lives commuting to and from work. A colorful and lyrical documentary about the grueling everyday sacrifices we make to support our loved ones and ourselves.

In the wee pre-dawn hours, Meltem rises to begin her day, packing her daughter's lunch and heading out to take her place among the two million souls who cross Istanbul daily on their way to work and the promise of a better life. Across the globe, Estela leaves her modest apartment in the violent barrio of Ecatepec to travel across Mexico City to her job as a hairdresser, reliving the trauma of an assault endured on the same subway system she must use daily. And in Los Angeles, Michael forgoes his dream of being a professional musician to get the bills paid, commuting more than three hours daily across the sprawling metropolis to his job as a construction foreman, taxing his health, sanity, and the fragile bonds of his young marriage to their breaking point. Winner of the Best Mexican Documentary Award at the Morelia International Film Festival, director Luciana Kaplan has crafted a colorful, lyrical, and deeply felt ode to the legions of workers across the globe who sacrifice countless numbers of life's precious hours commuting to and from work to provide for themselves and their loved ones, and to simply keep alive their dreams of a brighter future.

Director Biography
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Luciana Kaplan grew up in a family of cinephiles. Wanting to devote her life to filmmaking, she attended film school at the Centro de Capacitacion Cinematografica (CCC) in Mexico. Kaplan has directed the short films Cuentos Chinos (1998) and Trabajo Sucio (2007), as well as the feature films 1982: La Decision del Presidente (2008) and La Revolucion de los Alactraces (2013). She also served as the director of the Gucci Ambulante Post Production Grants and coordinated the Documentary Program at CCC.

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  • Director: Luciana Kaplan
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Mexico
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 79 minutes
  • Producer: Jose Cohen, Carlos Hagerman, Martha Sosa
  • Screenplay: Luciana Kaplan
  • Cinematographers: Gabriel Serra
  • Editors: Yibran Asuad
  • Music: Alejandro Castaños Luna
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Morelia International Film Festival 2017 (Best Mexican Documentary)
  • Filmography: La revolucion de los alcatraces (2013); 1982: La decision del presidente (2008)
  • Language: Spanish, English, Turkish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Taskovski Films