CANICULA | 1hr : 07mins
Director: José Álvarez | Producer: MAURICIO FABRE
Focus Years: 2012 | Country: Mexico
Canícula brings us a different view of Mexican life from what we have learned on the news. The Totonac people in Santa Cruz offer a different narrative that is as timeless as the landscape that surrounds the village of Zapotal, where Álvarez brings his camera. They continue to live their traditions despite the encroachment of modern outside influences. The film weaves together their daily routines, focusing on the women creating skilled pottery and the awe-inspiring religious rites of the voladores, young men who suspend themselves upside down from a high pole "flying in the wind." According to Totonac myth, at least 450 years ago there was a severe drought that brought hunger to the people. The gods were withholding the rain because the people had neglected them. The ceremony was created to appease the gods and bring back the rains.
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