“Oaxaca Day of the Dead” has screened at the MOCA Jacksonville, National Geographic Society, Dallas Museum of Art, Mexican American Cultural Center, Firehouse Art Center, Oaxaca Film Festival, L.A. Day of the Dead, and South Florida Day of the Dead Celebration. It is a collection of eight documentary short films shot during Day of the Dead in the Central Valley of the State of Oaxaca in the South of Mexico.
From an objective point view each piece shows the importance of the event to the people that appear on camera. After seeing all of them, it is very clear that each town has it’s own unique way of honoring and celebrating the dead. Each individual's personal experience is shaped by elements from life on earth, for example, their spending capacity, while some have little money available, we see their participation limited to set a modest offering altar at home, but others in a better financial situation throw big parties and hire musicians to perform at the cemetery for their deceased family members. However, and regardless of their economic differences, the reality is, that the essence of their motivation to honor their ancestors is the same.
The short films are titled after the towns showcased in this project, Tlacolula, Oaxaca City - Municipal Cemetery, Reyes Etla, San Juan Teitipac, Xoxocotlan, Oaxaca City - Del Bajio Parade, San Felipe del Agua and San Agustin Etla.
Includes poetry excerpts from philosopher, warrior, architect, and poet Nezahualcoyotl, ruler of the city-state of Texcoco in pre-Columbian Mexico from 1431 until his death in 1472.
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
José Marcelino Ortiz
José Wilfrido Flores Villegas
Banda Mixe de Oaxaca
Banda Filarmónica de Totontepec Mixes
Juan Carlos Gómez Ramón