Distributor:  Icarus Films
Length:  104 minutes
Date:  2012
Genre:  Expository
Language:  Spanish / English subtitles
Grade level: 11-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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The Tiniest Place

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The story of a small village in El Salvador, destroyed during the country's civil war, and its remarkable rebirth today.

The Tiniest Place

On the surface THE TINIEST PLACE is the story of Cinquera, a village literally wiped off the official map during El Salvador's 12-year civil war. But on a deeper level it is a story about the ability to rise, to rebuild and reinvent oneself after a tragedy.

Holding the past and present in focus together, the film takes us to the tiny village nestled in the mountains amidst the humid Salvadoran jungle, while villagers, survivors of the war's massacres, recount their journey home at war's end. When they first returned their village no longer existed.

Nevertheless they decided to stay. And over the years as they worked the land, built new homes and started new families, the people of Cinquera learned to live with sorrow.

THE TINIEST PLACE juxtaposes scenes of contemporary village life, of Cinquera's remarkable renaissance, with stories of the war - how conflict arose, civil war erupted, and hopes for liberation turned to struggles for survival. 'Don't cry when they kill me' a mother recalls her 14-year old daughter telling her before running away to fight with the rebel army.

And though the village's history is always visible - in an elaborate memorial for the dead, or the persistent tremor of a survivor's hand, towards the end of THE TINIEST PLACE we too are returned to the present. A cow gives birth, a high school marching band plays, and children walk to school in the rain. We see that, if Cinquera is reemerging, it is through the strength and deep love of its inhabitants.

'A profound expression of the twin powers of life and death...The subject of the Central American wars of recent decades has rarely received such a level of artistic treatment onscreen' -Robert Koehler, Variety

'Unforgettable...One of the finest docs I've seen over the past year' -Howard Feinstein, Filmmaker Magazine

'Superb. 10/10' -Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters


** Best Feature Film, Visions du Reel
** Best Mexican Film, Monterrey International Film Festival
** Documentary Special Mention, Morelia International Film Festival
** Best Direction and Best First Feature, Cinema Tropical Awards
** Spotlight Award, Cinema Eye Honors
** Documentary Fortnight 2012, MoMA
** Guadalajara Film Festival, 2011
** San Francisco Film Festival, 2011


Main credits

Celis, Nicolás (film producer)
Sánchez, Tatiana Huezo (film director)

Other credits

Fotographía, Ernesto Pardo; música original, Leonardo Heiblum, Jacobo Lieberman; edición, Paulina Del Paso, Tatiana Huezo Sánchez, Lucrecia Gutierrez Maupome; diseño sonoro, Lena Esquenazi.

Distributor credits

A film by Tatiana Huezo

Docuseek2 subjects

Central America
Latin American History
Human Rights
War and Peace
Latin American History
Rural Studies
El Salvador
Latin American Studies

Distributor subjects

Central America
El Salvador
History (World)
Human Rights
Latin America
Latin American Studies


El Salvador; Cinquera; Civil War; historical memory; trauma; ; "The Tiniest Place"; Icarus Films; Central America,El Salvador,History (World),Human Rights,Latin America,Latin American Studies

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