In the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, a traditional healer and village elder called Soledad lives with her young grandson, José, and tends to the emotional and physical well-being of the residents of the Mixtec pueblo of Nochixtlán. Several years previously, her daughter, Adela, moved to Mexico City in search of opportunity, and now, to Soledad’s dismay, would like José to live with her. José’s contentious move to the capital links the film’s themes of rural versus urban living, family, language, race, class and a crisis of identity.
Both writer Armando Bautista and director Itandehui Jansen are of Mixtec origin, and the storyline weaves in personal experiences of dislocation and identity politics from an indigenous person’s perspective.
We are pleased to welcome director Itandehui Jansen and writer/producer Armando Bautista for a Q&A following the screening on Thu 19 Mar.