Silvestre Pantaleón # 280

Silvestre Pantaleón

14:00, Saturday 15th June, Museum Auditorium

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  • Director/Anthropologist: Roberto Olivares, Jonathan D Amith
  • Year of Release: 2011
  • Duration: 65 mins
  • Country of Production: Mexico
  • Location: San Augustin Oapan, Mexico
  • Ethnic Group: Nahuatl-speakers from central Guerrero
  • Language: Nahuatl (English, Spanish, French, Nahuatl)

Silvestre Pantaleón lives in a Nahuatl speaking village in Guerrero, Mexico. He is one of the few who still has the traditional skills to make rope and lattice from plants. Looking for relief from pain and numbness, he visits a card reader and is told to make offerings to the dead, the hearth, the ants and the river in order to be cured. The film delicately follows Silvestre as he makes ropes to raise the money necessary for the ceremony “Levantamiento de sombra,” lifting the shadow. A study of a fading world and disappearing rituals.

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