films

La Vida Y Los Muertos
Day of the Dead in Oaxaca Mexico

 

La Vida y Los Muertos is a visually rich film that captures the beauty, the joy, the sadness and the magic of the Day of the Dead in Oaxaca, Mexico. From elaborately decorated graves, to frightening demon dancers, to lavish home altars, and enormous sand paintings, the film takes you on a journey through the city of Oaxaca and five nearby villages during the days of the festival. Wandering through the festively decorated streets, homes and graveyards is like passing through hundreds of private conversations between those that are living and those that have passed on. Like the festival itself, the film comes alive as the music dances and interacts with the imagery in a joyous celebration of life.

 

As an art film, La Vida y Los Muertos is a journey through the city of Oaxaca and five near-by villages during the celebration of Day of the Dead. In the city and in the villages, this beautiful festival of death is very lively. The juxtaposition of music, food and celebration with cemeteries and death is surreal. With little narration, rich visuals and complex soundtrack, each chapter captures the mood and the impression of one particular place.  see more

Woven Lives
Contemporary Textiles from Ancient Oaxacan Traditions
 

Drawing upon the richness of sights, sounds and beauty of the people and landscape of Oaxaca, Mexico, Woven Lives provides a fascinating look at contemporary Zapotec weavers from six different villages. This colorful documentary celebrates their extraordinary textiles and illustrates how the art of weaving cloth has helped the Zapotecs retain their culture and identity for thousands of years. The story traces the integration of ancient techniques with new technologies and explores how the artisans are now looking to the past to help them move forward into the future.

 

Drawing upon the richness of sights, sounds and beauty of the people and landscape of Oaxaca, Mexico, Woven Lives provides a fascinating look at contemporary Zapotec weavers from six different villages. This colorful documentary celebrates their extraordinary textiles and illustrates how the art of weaving cloth has helped the Zapotecs retain their culture and identity for thousands of years. The story traces the integration of ancient techniques with new technologies and explores how the artisans are now looking to the past to help them move forward into the future.

 

Woven Lives examines how traditional art and design play an active role in the cultural sustainability of the Zapotec communities in Oaxaca. This documentary, which traces the development of the weaving process from the first people in the valley to the present day, uniquely blends the perspectives of art, design, business, history, ethnic studies and cultural anthropology. While the textiles are the centerpiece of the film, it highlights the life around the production that creates a sense of connection to the culture, the community, the past and the future.  

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Vidas Entretejidas
Textiles Contemporáneos de las Antiguas Tradiciones Oaxaqueñas
 

Con la riqueza de los sonidos, la belleza de la gente y del paisaje de Oaxaca, México, Vidas Entretejidas provee de una fascinante mirada a los tejedores contemporáneos Zapotecas de seis pueblos distintos. Este colorido documental celebra sus extraordinarios textiles, y muestra como el arte de tejer ha ayudado a los Zapotecas a aferrarse a su cultura e identidad por miles de años. La historia narra la integración de técnicas antiguas con nuevas tecnologías y explora cómo éstos artesanos miran hacia el pasado para construir el futuro.

 

Vidas Entretejidas examina el arte y el diseño tradicional que desempeñan la sustentabilidad cultural de las comunidades Zapotecas de Oaxaca.
Este documental registra el desarrollo del proceso del tejido desde los primeros
habitantes del valle hasta el presente. Es un una mezcla única de arte, diseño,
comercio, historia, y antropología cultural. Mientras que los textiles son el tema central de la filmación, se resalta también la vida alrededor de la producción, creando un sentido de conexión con la comunidad.

El trabajo de los tejedores está lleno de colores y texturas, de tintes e hilos. El movimiento meditativo de la rueca y el trabajo diestro de sus manos ejecutan un ritmo que ha estado ininterrumpido.

Los talleres están repletos de sonidos de las lanzaderas del telar, el ruido de las gallinas en los patios y las voces de los tejedores que hablan con orgullo de su trabajo.

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