31min, 16mm, 2012
Quotes from the biography, Canek: An Ancient Maya Hero, translated into Chatino and read by a gringo.
A young man sacrifices seven years of his youth to work 75 hours a week for under minimum wage to support 12 family members back home. Israel reads his stories (in English- his third language) that impacted him the most during his first year in the states.
Cezy, a sister of Israel, is unable to free herself of a female's traditional role in their hometown of San Miguel Panixtlahuaca. She tells a small tale of her town, their dying language, lack of jobs, and her brother's absence.
All three parts blend together to show a unique view of a modern, indigenous, Mexican family.
Idea sparked in early 2011. $4,000 raised through the crowd-funding site, kickstarter, plus $4,000 out of pocket. In one month, we shot 18 rolls of 16mm film on our 1967 Bolex camera in San Miguel Panixtlahuaca, Oaxaca, Mexico. Arriving back home, we shot 10 rolls of B&W film in Gainesville, Florida.
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