To walk into the jungle-shrouded village of Cinquera, El Salvador, is to enter a world where ghosts walk, passing back and forth between the past and present. Here, decades after a brutal civil war annihilated the village, survivors return to bury their dead and rebuild the community from the ashes. During the 1980–92 civil war, Cinquera was literally wiped off the map, disappearing temporarily from official charts in a conflict that resulted in 80,000 deaths with tens of thousands more disappeared. We see the result of that devastation on the resolute and composed survivors now sowing new seeds in Tatiana Huezo’s stunning debut feature. In an unobtrusive portrait of collective memory, we mingle with villagers as they recall horrifying ordeals of rape, mutilation and torture, where also an old lady habitually talks to her dead daughter.
The Tiniest Place is a tale of people who have learnt to live with their pain in a devastated village that rose again from the ashes. Battle scars and wounds may run deep but they prove unable to destroy the soul of Cinquera.