Short of the Week: ‘Boniato’ by Eric Mainade and The Meza Brothers
Always remember...family is everything.
The story of immigrant resilience is rendered nightmarish in Eric Mainade and The Meza Brothers’ Sundance hit, Boniato. The title is anything but arbitrary: boniato literally translates to a type of a white-colored root crop with little distinguishable flavor (although, thanks to Google, I learnt boniatos make great desserts). And it just so happens that the film’s protagonist, a resilient young woman named Elisia, who, as an illegal migrant worker, has grown tired of picking up crops and wishes to find a better-paying job.
A fateful ride home drags Elisia down in depths where feral creatures take their game and gnaw at human viscera. A mysterious drifter finds his way to where said creatures dwell. As Elisia and the drifter cross paths, a delightful delirium begins, replete with blood tears, throat-shanking, and quite possibly one of the scariest uses of the song “Part Of Your World” in recent cinema.
You can watch Boniato in full below after the jump.
A quick aside, by the way: I’ve gone to work on a project last week, so apologies for the lack of short film recommendations, but rest assured, there’s a lot more where these came from. If you enjoy them, support the filmmakers and Modern Horrors by taking the conversation in social.
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