Widely considered to be the greatest Argentine film of all time, Prisoners of the Earth was shot on location in the Misiones region and portrays the grim lives of the mensus, indentured workers whose lives are spent harvesting yerba mate for wealthy landowners under grueling conditions. When a rebellious worker and his whip-wielding foreman fall for the same woman, it sets the stage for one of the most brutal acts of vengeance the screen has ever seen.
Prisoners of the Earth was restored as part of The Film Foundation's World Cinema Project at Bologna's L'Immagine Ritrovata. It has been included in Reimagining the Land through their continued generosity. The Film Foundation is currently celebrating its 30th Anniversary.
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