Mexico Film 'Cantos del Humo' Shines at Montreal First Peoples Festival Awards
Theresa Braine - Indian Country Today
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August 7, 2015
Trailer, Café (Cantos de humo) (IMCINE)
Mexico won big at the Montreal First Peoples Festival this year, garnering many of the awards announced as the 25th edition of the annual indigenous extravaganza wound down.
Café (Cantos del Humo), a nonfiction work depicting what an indigenous family in Mexico goes through after the father’s death, won the festival’s Teueikan Grand Prize.
“A view of time immemorial in a civilization whose roots extend to the depths of human settlement of the Americas is the backdrop of this film,” the festival organizers said in their announcement. The film, directed by Hatuey Viveros Lavielle, also won for best documentary.
“This weight of history provides the film with a strong incantatory power” as it depicts life in the village of San Miguel Tzinacapan, where “each gesture, each tone of voice, each glance is a part of a continuum in which the smallest aspects of everyday life take on a ceremonial value,” the festival notes said, further extolling “its espousal of the silent rhythms of labors and days and making visible the age-old ties uniting dead and living in a Nahua
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