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‘Day of the Dead’ documentary at Folk Art museum

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The Museum of International Folk Art will screen the documentary film, “La Festividad de los Muertos /Lanii Xtee Tugul,” 2 p.m. Wednesday in the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors’ Auditorium.
The film focuses on Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) or Todos Santos (All Souls) celebrations by members of today’s Zapotec community in Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico. The film highlights the influence of the ancient Zapotecs’ cultural legacy, deeply rooted in pre-Hispanic indigenous cultures, in pagan and in Catholic rituals (as it is throughout Latin America).
The film is part of a collaboration, Todos Santos Teotitlán del Valle, between the Metamorfosis Documentation Project (MDP) and the Balaa Xtee Guech Gulal Community Museum in Teotitlán del Valle.
The collaboration consisted of three phases.
The first, in October and November 2012, had young people from the community interested in documenting their traditions apprentice with MDP. This included film, post-production and editing workshops. The documentary, some of which was shot by the apprentices, was the final product.


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