Armando (Tenoch Huerta) is in charge of a group of builders while his boss, Tadevos (Karren Karagulian) is away. Then suddenly, one of the men has a serious accident whilst on the site and Armando has to think fast to decide how to deal with the situation.
The builders are all illegal immigrants and are afraid that this latest incident will mean that their carelessness at work may incur another needless punishment. However, when Tadevos finds out, the repercussions of their actions are far darker than they could have ever imagined.
Debris (or Desecho in Spanish) is a short film from director Julio O. Ramos and writer Lucas Mireles, an award-winning film that tells a very compact story, showing exactly how somebody’s life can change in mere moments, all because of the trust we put in others. Ramos’s latest short film shows a realistic and somewhat high concept story told in the space of less than fifteen minutes where all characters are established quickly, building the story up to a shocking finale that leaves the audience wanting to know more.
Immediately the audience is pulled into the situation because it does not feel so far-fetched and as the story plays out, the end will either appal its audience or they will realise that this is just another part of how horrible life can be. Debris does not necessarily set out to have a message, but the audience can certainly take it that way considering the issues around immigrants and their demonization in our modern society.
Instead, Ramos shows his audience a side of life that they may be unfamiliar with and gives them a situation that they may never have considered before. The straight forward, matter of fact nature of the events never over dramatizes the situation, nor do they give the audience a chance to think too deeply about the likelihood of something like this really happening. Instead it creates something in the mind that suggests that it may not be that far from the truth.
Whatever side of the fence you sit on in regards to the probability of this being a true reflection of real life, there is no denying that not a single second is wasted on the characters and story as it reaches its disturbing conclusion.
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