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  • The Day of the Dead is Mexico's most important fiesta. In the city of Pátzcuaro, Mexico, local residents await and discuss the festival with great anticipation. This program highlights their activities leading up to, during, and following Dia de los Muertos, offering plenty of Spanish lessons in the process. Because locally made foods, drinks, and souvenirs are often a big part of the holiday, viewers of the program will find ample opportunity to absorb Spanish-language discussions of the shopping, baking, flower-gathering, and decorating that are all part of the preparations. Visitors to a cemetery on the night of the event share their thoughts and feelings about its meaning in their lives.


  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on March 04, 2011.
  • System requirements: FOD playback platform.
  • Mode of access: Internet.
  • In Spanish and English.


  • La Noche de Muertos - Pátzcuaro, Michoacán (0:46) -- What Night of the Dead Means to People (1:56) -- Shopping for Festival Costumes (2:24) -- Getting a Snack (0:51) -- Preparing for the Festival (2:07) -- Shopping for Fruit and Flowers (1:26) -- Private Vigil - Waiting for the Dead (1:15) -- Night of the Dead (1:44) -- Credits: Fiesta (0:45)
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