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Roberto Olivares Ruiz, Jonathan Amith, 2011
Mexico | Nahuatl with English Subtitles | Format: Blu-ray | 65 minutes
Preview Screening! Directors Roberto Olivares Ruiz and Jonathan Amith in person for Q&A!
Silvestre Pantaleón lives in a Nahuatl speaking village in Guerrero, Mexico. He is one of the few who still has the traditional skills to make rope and lattice from plants. Looking for relief from pain and numbness, he visits a card reader and is told to make offerings to the dead, the hearth, the ants and the river in order to be cured. The film delicately follows Silvestre as he makes ropes to raise the money necessary for the ceremony “Levantamiento de sombra,” lifting the shadow. A study of a fading world and disappearing rituals. Best Feature-length Mexican Documentary (9th Morelia International Film Festival); Gran Prix Tehuikan (best film, all categories; 21st Montreal First Peoples' Festival).