FILMS SPOTLIGHT DAY 5 – PART 2: Online Program 2

Tenochtitlan2021 (5:00) – SCREENED FROM ONLINE LINK
In the south of Mexico City a filmset has been abandoned. It was used to retell the story of the arrival of Hernán Cortés to the mexica capital of Tenochtitlan. Now this set has itself turned into a ruin and become a place where time collapses and new knots are being tied. The movie is assembled from two re-appropriations of this scenery: a contemporary poet and a witch performing a ritual summoning the past to offer the generations to come a new memory, and a Youtuber diving through the archeology of this contemporary story.
Directed by Clara Winter, Miiel Ferráez, Karloz Atl (Nahua)

The island of memory (21:56)
In San Antonio de los Baños, 30 kilometers from Havana in Cuba, a group of young theater fans will do their best to connect through art with the people of their town.
Directed by Obrero (Mapuche)

Yxayotl: Music of Ancient Mexico (1:05:32)
Traveling back in time to the golden age of Ancient America; the late Maestro Xavier Quijas Yxayotl – a direct descendant of the Huichol Indians of Jalisco Mexico – demonstrated the power contained in the ancient musical instruments that our ancestors played for more than 2,000 years. In 2008, Maestro Yxayotl performed and opened at Yanni Voices, in Acapulco airing on PBS. “When you are in contact with your inner self, when it’s time to respect the creator of the universe, the Mother Earth, the soul, the sacred cycle of life and death, the Ancestral Spirit and the cosmic race, this is when the magical and divine ritual arrives with ancestral sounds, that speak a spiritual language, that only the soul will recognize. All that I do comes from a spirit within me, music is a live representation of nature. Our goal is to resurrect this cultural identity through the preservation of ancient instruments, music, and dance demonstrating the diversity of our ancestry in Ancient America.” ~ Xavier Quijas Yxayotl ~
Directed by Alberto A. Cuauhtlequezqui Lopez (Mexhica/Azteca Purepecha/Tarascan Indian)