A film by Carlos Alfonso Corral

With two homeless lovers’ journey as the through-line, ‘Dirty Feathers’ weaves in and out of an overwhelmed shelter and a forsaken landscape with fervent echoes of the unheard and neglected: a grieving father who lost his child is paralyzed by unshakable guilt; a veteran living under a bridge recalls his past glory serving the very country that has long abandoned him; and a 16 year old girl who has seemingly transcended trauma embraces life on the streets with a holy righteousness, becoming the haunting conscience of the film.

Technical details

  • Year: 2021
  • Production Countries: US, Mexico
  • Runtime: 75 min
  • Original Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English


  • Director Carlos Alfonso Corral
  • Cinematography Nini Blanco
  • Editing Cameron Wheeless
  • Sound Mixing Thomas Gauder
  • Sound Bernat Fortiana
  • Production Manager Laura Aguirre
  • Producers Carlos Alfonso Corral, Roberto Minervini, Denise Ping Lee, Denise Dorado
  • Executive Producers Alexis Franco, Jonathan Kessler
  • Production companies Pulpa Film (US), Cine Candela (Mexico)



Carlos Alfonso Corral was born on May 16th 1989 in the borderland of El Paso, Texas and Cd. Juarez, CH, Mexico. His first passion was photography and spent most of the time between the sister cities documenting the border of a first and third world country. His film education began at the local arthouse theater, Fellini Film Cafe, where he worked for owner Betty Maguregui as a projectionist and barista. There, he had access to a massive archive of films, binders filled with xerox copies of old director interviews, and two classic film screenings each night. In lieu of film school, Carlos dove into professional filmmaking within the camera department of Roberto Minervini’s Stop the Pounding Heart (2014), The Other Side (2015), and What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire? (2018), with the first two premiering at Cannes and the latter at the Venice Film Festival. ‘Dirty Feathers’ is Carlos first feature documentary.


  • Pie Edad (short film) (2008)
  • Guilt Youth Hymns (short film) (2010)
  • Twilight Tracers (short film) (2018)
  • Dirty Feathers (feature film) (2021)

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