Mexico 2018 // 4.46 min. // HD 16:9
Nocturnal was filmed in the city of Reynosa, which is located on the border of Mexico with the United States and which is considered one of the most violent cities in the world. In a survey conducted by the National Institute of Statistics and Geography, it was found that for every 100 citizens of Reynosa, a total of 55 people have witnessed a confrontation between the military and agents of organized crime.
Nocturnal is a walking tour late at night crossing two of the main boulevards, starting from the center of the city until you reach the home that is 3 hours away. The film seeks to reflect on the situation in which one lives in one of the most violent cities, about life, chance, and the uncertainty of not knowing if one is going to return home.
Rogelio Meléndez (Reynosa, Mexico 1988) is a multidisciplinary visual artist who covers different media in his production such as: graffiti, painting, mural, installation and video. In his work he questions the human being who lives in a society that little by little becomes indifferent, full of prejudices and fear, and that over time loses human values, leading him to his own self-destruction. His work has been shown in individual and group exhibitions such as the International Short Film Festival of Mexico “SHORTS MÉXICO” (Mexico 2020), the International Video Art Festival “PROYECTOR” (Spain 2018), the Cultural Institute of Mexico in France (France 2015), the 18th International Electronic Language Festival “FILE” (Brazil 2017), The Museum of Contemporary Art of Tamaulipas (Tamaulipas 2015), among others. He was also the winner of the acquisition award at La Bienal de Las Fronteras (Mexico 2014), Award “Best Director” at the Festival de Cine Independiente del Sur de Tamaulipas (Tamaulipas 2019) and Fray Andrés de Olmos Award “FAO” in the category of Outstanding Youth (Mexico 2018).