Fri 23 Apr 21 - Wed 28 Apr 21

Nudo Mixteco

Ángeles Cruz
  • Not harmful / all ages

A mosaic film in which three separate stories unfold in somewhat the same place and same time, and have intertwining story lines and main characters. Not unfamiliar to Alejandro González Iñárritu’s debut 'Amores Perros'.

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Three stories intertwine in a small village in Oaxaca. The Sierra Mixteca – a mountainous region between Puebla and Oaxaca – is sometimes called “Nudo Mixteco”, which translates to “Mixtecan knot” and refers to the three intertwining stories. It does not paint a pretty picture of the patriarchal village. María’s father rejects her because of her lesbian relationship, and at the same time she has to bury her mother. Esteban returns after working in the USA for five years, and at once demands the same old rights with his wife, Chabela. Toña was abused by her uncle as a child so she flees to the capital. She realizes her daughter, who she left behind with her mother, suffers the same sad fate. Fortunately there is still a village council (where according to old Mixtecan tradition, all villagers have a democratic right to vote) deciding over family matters. The director, who comes from this region herself, succeeds in capturing all contrasts in the daily life of the local society. Some of the actors are Mexican, but most of them come from this region. Conclusion: authentic cinema. Nudo Mixteco’s script is an outstanding piece of storytelling. A strong debut.

direction
Ángeles Cruz
cast
Noé Hernández, Aída López, Eileen Yáñez, Sonia Couoh, Myriam Bravo, Jorge Doal
duration
91 min
year
2021
country
Mexico
language
Spanish, Mixtec
Subtitles
Dutch, English
  • Not harmful / all ages

#inheemsebevolking #feminisme #rituelen 

ngeles Cruz wishes for Mexicans to become closer with the realities of the native population through her work. This is exactly the greatest strength of her project, her intimate and deep reproach to a world that she knows so well and even belongs to.

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