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Filméxico 2022

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Filméxico kicks off in November with an exciting lineup that highlights both acclaimed filmmakers and emerging voices from contemporary Mexican cinema. We will be returning to in person screenings at the Broadway starting November 10 – November 17.

Filméxico 2022 lineup will feature prominent works by indigenous filmmakers, as well as seasoned, new and local talent. We will also present a series of panel discussions with Mexican filmmakers, Utah community leaders and cultural binational specialists and allies.

Join us for our opening night live Q&A with director Melissa Elizondo Moreno, following a screening of The Sower (El Sembrador) on Thursday November 10.  The film begins at 7:00 pm with the live Q&A afterward.  

We will also have a live Q&A following Mending The Heart (Remover El Corazon) on Friday November 11. 

GUEST FILMMAKER: Melissa Elizondo Moreno

Melissa Elizondo Moreno graduated from the National School of Cinematographic Arts at UNAM. Her work is focused on the themes of resilience, childhood and the gender perspective. 

Her debut feature “The Sower” was awarded The Warrior of the Documentary Press Award, The Made by a Woman Award and the Audience Award for Documentary Feature Film at the Morelia International Film Festival. 

The Sower also won awards at festivals in France, Chile and Bolivia. Her short films “Túmin: Solidarity Economy” and “The Threads That Weave Us” have been presented at various film festivals and international exhibitions.

 

These FREE pre-recorded panels will be available online at SLFSathome.org.  These panels discussions are in English and Spanish with subtitles.  Available starting Nov. 11 – Nov. 17. 

The Revolt/La Revuelta

VIEW PANEL HERE

This panel features Lucero González: film director.

Moderator: Nancy Rivera: visual artist, curator and Visual Arts Coordinator, Utah Division of Arts & Museums.

Join this stirring conversation about collective artivism and vulnerable self-reflection, while we review the long journey of ‘the unruly’ women who learned together to reclaim their bodies and their voices, and continue working building bridges and changing the patriarchal narrative in Mexico and within.

Mending the Heart/Remover el Corazón

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This panel features Melissa Elizondo: film director.

Moderator: Jorge Rodriguez: artist, public school educator and radio host, KPCW.

In this conversation we learn the challenges of documenting the process of one of Mexico’s most vulnerable communities as they take back their space and power through art, collectivity and the rebellious, inspiring resistance act of putting children’s standing point at the front and center.

The Sower/El Sembrador

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This panel features Melissa Elizondo: film director; Miguel Botto: Mayan languages instructor, Associate Director, International Study Programs, BYU.

Moderator: David Lindes: Guatemalan-American musician and Mayan music researcher.

In the words of its director, The Sower is a film with the voices of many teachers; those of the children and their professor, as well as nature, language and music. Join our panelists as they discuss the importance of allowing children to freely experience their whole world together, and the difference between teaching information to produce and forming people to contribute.

Mom/Mamá

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This panel features Xun Sero: film director.

Moderator: Vicky Lowe: Visual artist and educator.

How does one understand, cope and transcend the violence that patriarchy inflicts upon us and from within? Join us in this moving conversation about the courage required to acknowledge what needs to be changed and courageously combat misogyny, racism and the contradictions of adoring motherhood while punishing mothers for ruling their own lives.

Maidenhood/La Balhána

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This panel features Xóchitl Enriquez: film director; Itandehui Dxi: Anthropologist.

Moderator: José Borjón: Head Consul of Mexico in Salt Lake City.

Join our panelists as they review the power of celebrations, breaking silence and sisterhood to transform the collective rituals that allow violence against women to prevail while creating bridges with the new generations who are leading the change.

FILM SCHEDULE

Learn more about each film below. Most films will be available in theater or virtually on slfsathome.org.  

Films in theater start Thursday Nov. 10.  Some films will be available virtually starting Friday Nov. 11.

Thurs Nov 10

7 PM

The Grassland Giants / Los Gigantes del Pastizal (19 min)

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The Sower / El Sembrador (1 hr 26 min)

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In-person Q&A with director, Melissa Elizondo

Fri Nov 11

7 PM

The Bow / El Moño (8 min)

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Mending the Heart / Remover el Corazón (30min)

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In-person Q&A with director, Melissa Elizondo

Sat Nov 12

7 PM

Motorcyclist’s Happiness Won’t Fit into his Suit / Al Motociclista no le Cabe la Felicidad en el Traje (20min)

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Mom / Mamá (1 h 20 min)

Sun Nov 13

7 PM

Maidenhood / La Balhána (15 min)

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Mixtec Knot / Nudo Mixteco (1 hr 31 min)

Mon Nov 14

7 PM

Almantal / Almantal (19 min)

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The Revolt / La Revuelta (1 hr 24 min)

Tues Nov 15

7 PM

The Grassland Giants / Los Gigantes del Pastizal (19 min)

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The Sower / El Sembrador (1 hr 26 min)

Wed Nov 16

7 PM

Motorcyclist’s Happiness Won’t Fit into his Suit / Al Motociclista no le Cabe la Felicidad en el Traje (20min)

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Mom / Mamá (1 h 20 min)

Thurs Nov 17

7 PM

Maidenhood / La Balhána (15 min)

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Mixtec Knot / Nudo Mixteco (1 hr 31 min)

FILMS

Listed alphabetical by title.

ALMANTAL YU'UN LEKILAL (PEACE MESSENGERS)

ALMANTAL YU’UN LEKILAL (MENSAJEROS DE PAZ)

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14 | 7 PM

WILL SCREEN WITH THE REVOLT (LA REVUELTA)

17 min | 2020 | Mexico | Not Rated | Tsotsil, Spanish | Short

Directed by Octavio Anza

22 years after the massacre perpetrated by paramilitary groups in complicity with the government, the town of Acteal celebrates its martyrs and persists in its demand for justice.

THE BOW

EL MOÑO

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11 & TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 | 7 PM

WILL SCREEN WITH MENDING THE HEART (REMOVER EL CORAZON) ON FRIDAY NOVEMBER 11 & THE SOWER (EL SEMBRADOR) ON TUESDAY NOVEMBER 15 

8 min | 2022 | Mexico | Not Rated | Spanish | Short

Directed by Luis Fernando, Puente Lizde Arias

El Moño is about a girl who is upset that her favorite sock is missing and soon she discovers a magical way of recovering all sorts of lost toys and coins. But the lesson goes deeper than material objects, about the cultural traditions that risk being lost for generations who follow their immigrant ancestors.

THE GRASSLAND GIANTS

LOS GIGANTES DEL PASTIZAL

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10 & SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13 | 7 PM

WILL SCREEN WITH THE SOWER (EL SEMBRADOR) ON THURSDAY NOVEMBER 10

19 min | 2022 | Mexico | Not Rated | Spanish | Short

Directed by Santiago Ruiz Castro

Through stories and landscapes, the community of San Ildefonso, Amealco, reveals to us a legend that has lived for generations and generations in their culture: the hñahñö. Long ago, when the sky was still green and the animals talked, the world was inhabited by giants; today its remains can be found among the rocks.

MAIDENHOOD

LA BALHÁNA

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13 & THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17 | 7 PM

WILL SCREEN WITH MIXTEC KNOT (NUDO MIXTECO) ON SUNDAY NOVEMBER 13 & THURSDAY NOVEMBER 17

15 min | 2022 | Mexico  | Not Rated | Spanish, Zapotec | Short

Directed by Xóchitl Enriquez

Catalina submits to the tradition of her people, “La Baláhna”, to demonstrate her purity and worth as a woman to her beloved, but her body betrays her and she fails to demonstrate her chastity. What future awaits Catalina in the face of a syncretic love that rejects her?

MENDING THE HEART: THE POWER OF ART TO HEAL A COMMUNITY

REMOVER EL CORAZON

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11 | 7 PM

WILL SCREEN WITH THE BOW (EL MOÑO) ON FRIDAY NOVEMBER 11 & THE SOWER (EL SEMBRADOR) ON TUESDAY NOVEMBER 15 

Live Q&A with director Melissa Elizondo Moreno following the feature on Friday November 11. 

30 min | 2019 | Mexico | Not Rated | Spanish | Short

Directed by Melissa Elizondo

After the powerful Sept 19, 2017 earthquake struck Mexico, community workers helped children cope with trauma and transform the town through art, in one of the most affected villages, San Gregorio Atlapulco in Xochimilco.

MIXTEC KNOT

NUDO MIXTECO

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13 & THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17 | 7 PM

WILL SCREEN WITH MAIDENHOOD (LA BALHÁNA) ON SUNDAY NOVEMBER 13 & THURSDAY NOVEMBER 17

91 min | 2021 | Mexico | Not Rated | Spanish, Mixteco | Feature

Directed by Ángeles Cruz

8 Ariel nominations including Best Film, First Feature & Director. Three stories intertwine during the patron saint’s celebration in a village of the Mixtec Oaxaca, where three indigenous women deal with love, migration, child abuse and traditional roles.

MOM

MAMÁ

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12 & WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16 | 7 PM

WILL SCREEN WITH MOTORCYCLIST’S HAPPINESS WON’T FIT INTO HIS SUIT (AL MOTOCICLISTA NO LE CABE LA FELICIDAD EN EL TRAJE) ON SATURDAY NOVEMBER 12 & WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 16

80 min | 2022 | Mexico | Not Rated | Spanish, Tzotzil | Documentary Feature

Directed by Xun Sero

As a Mexican Tzotzil I grew up between the sacrality both of Guadalupe Virgin and Mother Earth. As a son, I grew up among the derision of not having a father and blaming my mother for it. “Mom” is a dialogue between mother and son exploring their contradictions, knowing and recognizing each other, and reflecting on naturalized violence and its reproduction.

MOTORCYCLIST'S HAPPINESS WON'T FIT INTO HIS SUIT

AL MOTOCICLISTA NO LE CABE LA FELICIDAD EN EL TRAJE

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12 & WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16 | 7 PM

WILL SCREEN WITH MOM (MAMÁ) ON SATURDAY NOVEMBER 12 & WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 16

 

10 min | 2021 | Mexico | Not Rated | Spanish | Short

Directed by Gabriel Herrera

There he sits proudly on his motorbike, encompassed in majestic red and the dazzling admiration of the others.

THE REVOLT

LA REVUELTA

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14 | 7 PM

WILL SCREEN WITH ALMANTAL YU’UN LEKILAL (PEACE MESSENGERS) (ALMANTAL YU’UN LEKILAL (MENSAJEROS DE PAZ)

84 min | 2022 | Mexico | Not Rated | Spanish | Documentary Feature

Directed by Lucero González

In the 70s a group of women found the first feminist newspaper: The Revolt. 50 years later they revisit those times, their bonds, the movement and their place in feminism today.

THE SOWER

EL SEMBRADOR

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10 & TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 | 7 PM

WILL SCREEN WITH THE GRASSLAND GIANTS (LOS GIGANTES DEL PASTIZAL) ON THURSDAY NOVEMBER 10 & THE BOW (EL MOÑO) ON TUESDAY NOVEMBER 15 

Live Q&A with director Melissa Elizondo Moreno following the feature on Thursday November 10. 

86 min | 2018 | Mexico | Not Rated | Spanish, Tseltal | Documentary Feature

Directed by Melissa Elizondo Moreno

Bartolomé, a teacher in a multigrade school on the mountains of Chiapas in Mexico, knows education is not based on textbooks and cannot fit inside the four walls of a classroom. A true sower of knowledge, his approach to education, based on curiosity and the love of nature, makes him a beacon of hope to his community.

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