Hecho en México: MAIZE IN TIMES OF WAR / El MAIZ EN TIEMPOS DE GUERRA
First show: May 12
A Q&A via Skype with director Alberto Cortés will follow both screenings!
Making “milpa” is an act of resistance, a profoundly political one. Maize In Times Of War traces the yearly cycle of four Indigenous maize plots (called milpas due to the diversity of crops they entail) in different regions of México. This film draws the exceptional process of growing maize, the delicacy of selecting seeds and preparing the land that will receive them, the tenacity and the nuances involved in taking care of the whole process, until the harvest arrives after working for months and the family enjoys the vital uses of its fruits.
Hacer milpa es una acto de resistencia profundamente político. El maíz en tiempos de guerra sigue el curso anual de cuatro milpas indígenas en distintas regiones de México. El largometraje ilustra el excepcional proceso del maíz, la delicadeza para seleccionar la semilla y preparar la tierra que va a recibirla, la tenacidad de sus cuidados, la cosecha al cabo de los meses y los usos vitales de sus frutos.
Directed by Alberto Cortés. Official Selection Guadalajara Film festival 2016, San Diego Latino Film festival 201. 90 min. English version: In Tseltal, Ayuukj, Wixárika and Spanish with English subtitles. Spanish version: In Tseltal, Ayuukj, Wixárika and Spanish with Spanish subtitles.
Saturday, May 12 @ 4:30pm (English subtitled version)
Sunday, May 13 @ 2pm (Spanish subtitled version)
Part of HECHO EN MÉXICO
Hecho en México includes some of the most acclaimed and striking documentary films from Mexico in recent years. The series explores the role that cultural and social values play in the memory, identity, and resilience of today’s Mexican society, delving into themes of adaptation and resistance in the face of adversity. From the trauma of drug-war related violence, to the challenges of extreme environmental conditions and the daily struggles of indigenous peoples, these films provide a portal into real Mexican lives, telling compelling stories and illustrating social challenges in the best tradition of documentary filmmaking. Outside of a few film festivals, these films have never been shown in the United States.
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