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Summary

This black-comic Conquistador chronicle aggressively reconstructs the 1540 Spanish invasion of those Pueblo Indian lands now known as the American Southwest through a multifarious, mixed-tense montage. Live-action vignettes are densely woven into wildly diverse "found" footage, video-to-film FX and a time-warped musical mix to create not only a cinematographic fabric of allusion, gesture and landscape, but also a polysemic, post-colonial pastiche of critical perspectives on the conquest outside of any one discourse. Animated graphics, collateral material and multiple voices interpenetrate the epic collage, conjugating a delirious, open-ended historiography that updates issues of imperialism, tourism, treaty rights and environmental protection from the 16th century to the present and beyond.

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