Cine+Mas Film Screenings
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These films are presented in partnership with Cine+Mas SF, Presenters of the SF Latino Film Festival.
Swimming in the Desert (2016, 14 min.)
In the drought-stricken town of Agua Dulce, in the California High Desert, a ten-year-old girl challenges her grandfather, a cranky retired firefighter, to follow a crazy plan and bring the water back to the dry river.
Mara Akame (2016, 90 min.)
Nieri is a young Huichol indian whose dream of travelling with his music band to play in a concert in Mexico City faces opposition from his father, who is a Mara´akame (Huichol chaman) and has different plans for his son. He must find the Blue Deer in his dreams in order to become a Mara´akame himself and learn this healing tradition. Nieri travels to Mexico city where he gets lost but finally finds his vision.
2 Ariel Awards: Best First Work & Score. 12 Nominations
Post-film discussion and Q&A with Vanessa Sequeira of Cine+Mas, Diana Negrin of the Wixarika Research Center, and Aukwe (Sofía) García Mijarez. More info below.
The Wixárika Research Center is committed to the defense of the sacred lands and natural resources of the Wixárika people. Its founders, Juan and Yvonne Negrín, established a number of charitable organizations in Mexico to promote ecological development and self-sufficiency through carpentry and weaving workshops, which produced items for a strong internal and regional market. They have worked with the Wixaritari since 1970 and have established links with other grassroots organizations working in Mexico. For the past 42 years they have collected traditional and contemporary art works and endeavored to help the public appreciate and understand these as a window into Wixárika culture.
Diana Negrín da Silva is a native of Guadalajara, Jalisco and the San Francisco Bay Area. Negrín received her doctorate from the Department of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley and serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the Wixárika Research Center, a non-profit organization that supports the study and defense of Wixárika culture and territory. Her research examines the production of racial discourses and practices in Mexico and the Western Hemisphere more widely, and builds on debates concerning migration, identity formation, urbanization, activism, and the construction of place.
Aukwe is a native of San Andrés Cohamiata or Tateikié and a recent graduate from Guadalajara’s Jesuit University (ITESO) where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications. She is also the head of communications for the Regional Wixárika Council, an organism that formed in 2010 to bring all Wixárika communities together in the protection of their sacred sites and ancestral territories. Over the past year Aukwe has also co-hosted “Territorios”, a radio program out of the University of Guadalajara’s radio station that focuses on matters of indigenous rights.
Programs and museum admission are free and open to the public. Come onsite the day-of to redeem a free ticket to see Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire from 9:30–4:30 p.m. Admission into the permanent collection is free with no ticket required.
Free film screening tickets will be distributed at the Koret Auditorium entrance (street level) starting at 12:30 pm. Seating is limited and first-come first-served. Please arrive early to guarantee your place.
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