A series of current visions of indigenous Mexico. Stories and subjects with a strong connection to nature, serve as a metaphor to explore global themes like identity, family or aging. A discussion will follow each screening.
November 8th, 7:30pm
Told with a lyrical combination of lingering imagery and ethnographic detail, ‘Silvestre Pantaleon’ follows the protagonist as he struggles to pay for a curing ceremony and provide for his family. He dedicates himself to the only remunerative activities he knows: handcrafting rope for religious ceremonies and building seldom-used household objects that he alone still has the skills to produce.
November 15th, 7:30pm
Brilliant Soil focuses on the touching story of Herlinda Morales, a native potter who has dedicated her life to the prevention of lead poisoning in her community.
December 6th, 7:30pm
Longing to escape the pressure and turmoil of Mexico City, a native Mazahua woman returns to her hometown only to find that things are not as idyllic as she remembered.
Cuates de Australia
December 13th, 7:30pm
Residents from the ejido (communal land) Los Cuates de Australia in Northeast Mexico perform every year a massive exodus to look for water during drought. In this exile, men, women, elders, and children wait for the first drops of water to return to their lands, metaphor of a small town that hides from death.
New York: Nov. 8 - Dec. 13. Details at the Maysles Cinema website.