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UK Premiere/ Tote abuelo

María Sojob is a Tsotsil filmmaker from Chiapas, in southern Mexico, who grew up in the city but whose origins are in the village of Chenalhó. In this gently paced, personal documentary she returns to her ancestral home to spend time with her elderly grandfather, Tote, to reconnect with her roots and examine changing attitudes to love as the generations have moved through space and time. As a mother now herself, she notes the progress made in terms of parenting, especially in relation to women; affection is now openly shown, and domestic violence and corporal punishment are no longer the norm.

There are wider societal changes too, including more opportunities for young women and greater respect for the Tsotsil language.