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)


FILMS SPOTLIGHT – DAY 5: Edgewater Library

Urubá (5:00)
Synopsis The spirit world around you takes place much more through the third eye than through the physical ones. To Luiz’s eyes, that which is invisible is not invisible thanks to his spiritual sensitivity.
Directed by Rodrigo Sena (Potiguara Brasil)

Pukem (26:07)
In the midst of Forrowe community’s pondering processes about Mapuche self-determination, and without a helping midwife, Camila (32) takes back an ancestral way of giving birth.
Directed by Matias Riquelme (Mapuche)

Tibi (13:20)
A tipi wonders about its purpose in modern life, and shows that as a home, it is the heart of its community. This short story demonstrates the process of teaching Îethka culture through the making of a tipi under the supervision of knowledge keepers. The Elders describe knowledge that is in the tipi, and also what was lost when people moved into homes. Today people in Mînîthnî face complex challenges related to housing, such as mold and toxicity, overcrowding, and inescapable domestic violence. Could some of these problems be fixed by reconnecting to Îethka traditions and culture? Is creator still watching over us? The tipi and the teachings are still with us, we just need the chance to learn from them.
Directed by Twoyoungmen Jarret (Stoney Nakoda)

In the Wake of the Cedar Tree (24:00)
Past traumas of Old Massett, economic, cultural & environmental depression explored by Haida poet & videographer Towustasin.
Directed by Towustasin (Haida)

House with Flag (25:08)
After years of waiting, without being able to access housing and maintaining a condition of relatives in the houses of their relatives, a group of residents of the Pichicautín sector (Temuco), decide to plant a flag and take a public land to build their homes. In a city marked by the real estate boom that exposes the inequality and neglect of thousands of families waiting for their home. This own solution will allow them to build a neighborhood for a better quality of life. A desire for which they are determined to fight for the right to decent housing, overcoming the indolence of the institutions and police violence, making their reasons and capacities prevail.
Directed by Carlos Valverde Ortega, Rodrigo Hiriarte Llanos (Mapuche)

We are not speaking the same language (8:17)
Thinking back on her only phone call with her maternal grandmother, Danika explains her connection to her Indigenous identity (and her grandmother) through beadwork.
Directed by Danika St-Laurent (Ojibwe-Cree)