Teshuinada : Semana Santa Tarahumara = Tarahumara Holy Week ; Poetas campesinos = Rural poets

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Summary

  • Teshuinada: "The Rarámuri or Tarahumara live in the mountains of Chihuahua and Durango.[They are] the largest group of pure Indians in Mexico. Their language is of the Uto-Aztec family. They are farmers, shepherds and hunter-gatherers. In winter they retire to houses and caves in the deepest canyons ... In spring they move to the Sierra ... They celebrate this event with the Teshuinada to start the farming year. This film was made in the Holy Week of 1979 in Munérachi, a town in Batopilas, Chihuahua"--Film introduction (English subtitles).
  • "Tesgüinada [Teshuinada] es el registro condensado de la celebración de la Pascua en la comunidad Tarahumara de Munérachi, Batopilas, Chih., cuyo clímax es la embriaguez orgiástica colectiva con tesgüino, un licor de maíz"--Container.
  • Poetas campesinos: "This film was made in San Felipe Otlaltepec in the Mixtec region of Puebla, an area with an important artistic tradition. The protagonists are Popoloca peasants who have preserved their dialect to this day"--Film introduction (English subtitles).
  • "Poetas campesinos o el circo de tres centavos. Hazaña pintarrajeada, engaño mágico, sortilegio entre tragicómico y grotesco, artesanía del espectáculo que se sobrevive a sí misma o despliegue megalomaniaco de las galas oropelescas, el circo estuvo en los orígenes del cine, su nuevo rival en las ferias, su enemigo consustancial, su relevo. Luego la voracidad del cine se tragó al circo, usándolo como tema y espacio multiforme"--Container.

Notes

  • CONACULTA--IMCINE: DVD-8202-A (Teshuinada), DVD-8226-A (Poetas campesinos).
  • Originally released as documentary films in 1979 and 1980.
  • Special features: director's interviews and biography/filmography.
  • Accompanying booklet inserted in container. Contents: [Poetas campesinos] Adiós mis espectadores, que man̋ana será mi ausencia / Jorge Ayala Blanco -- [Poetas campesinos] Poetas que en el aire las componen / Gustavo García -- [Teshuinada] Los que bailan por devoción / Gustavo García -- Biografía de Nicolás Echevarría -- Filmografía.
  • DVD, all regions ; full screen presentation; Dolby digital stereo 2.0.
  • Spanish language with optional subtitles in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish ; Poetas campesinos includes some Popoloca.
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