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Mexico: The Days of the Dead

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With the arrival of the conquistadors, many ancient Mesoamerican rituals were absorbed into Christian holidays. Examines a collection of sacred, social, and artistic traditions that survived European assimilation that now composes one of Mexico's most important annual festivals. Follows the travels and experiences of a young Purépecha artisan, her grandmother, and their family during the weeks leading up to the Days of the Dead. As these struggling craftspeople market their wares, study new techniques, and prepare for their deceased patriarch's spiritual return, viewers will see a wide variety of folk art practices--from pottery painting to flower decoration to papier-mâché skeleton sculpture--coalesce into a cultural event. Accessibility options on the DVD are: (1) audio description, (2) English subtitles in a black box.

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    Jennifer A. (Lexington, VA)
    November 13th, 2016 at 06:33 PM

    A warm and info-packed story that comes full circle regarding Betty and her recently deceased grandfather. A great accompaniment to a Day of the Dead mini-unit. Thanks!