Virtual Film Screening—“Brilliant Soil”
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Image still from "Brilliant Soil” courtsey of Sebastián Díaz
Explore the world of pottery in Mexico through the documentary Brilliant Soil (released in 2011). By custom, thousands of artisans in Mexico still use lead-based glazes in their pottery without knowing the damage that this toxic element causes to their health. Herlinda, an indigenous Purépecha potter, is one of the few artisans in her community who uses alternative lead-free glazes. Having achieved safer and healthier living conditions for her family, she now faces the difficult task of finding a market for her impressive pieces. But this does not dull her dreams of having her shop thrive and her brothers return from the United States to rejoin the family tradition—an unexpected trip could crystallize this dream.
Following the film, stay for a live discussion and Q&A with Sebastián Díaz, co-director, and Hillary C. Olcott, associate curator of the arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.
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