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.
SCREENINGS / AWARDS:
2012 Cincinnati Film Festival- WINNER Special Jury Prize for Emerging Filmmakers
2012 Atlanta Underground Film Festival
2012 Louisville's International Festival of Film
2012 Costa Rica International Film Festival
2013 Big Muddy Film Festival- WINNER Honorable Mention
2013 Chicago Underground Film Festival
2013 Indie Grits Film Festival
2013 Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival- WINNER- Inter/Trans/National Award
2013 Seattle True Independent Film Festival- WINNER Best Short Documentary
2013 Antimatter [Media Art]
2014 Atlanta Film Festival
2014 Anthology Film Archives curated by Tova Beck-Friedman entitled "Experimental Documentaries"
2014 Mono No Aware's Connectivity Through Cinema (Brooklyn, NY)
2014 Sight Unseen Screening Series (Baltimore, MD)
2014 Big Mama's Cinematheque (Philadelphia, PA)