Native Visions

Native Visions: Two Documentaries on Indigenous Mexican Culture

“Cruz allows her subjects to tell the story in their own words. But the perspective is uniquely hers, a reflection of someone with an intimate knowledge of both sides of the border.” Los Angeles Times

Jack H. Skirball Series

2501 Migrants: A Journey, by Yolanda Cruz 
Day Two, by Dante Cerano

2501 Migrants: A Journey / Reencuentros: 2501 Migrantes (Mexico/USA, 2008, 53 min.) examines the effects of mass emigration in the Oaxacan town of Teococuilco, virtually deserted after most of its adult indigenous population departed to look for work in the United States or Mexico City. Yolanda Cruz’s documentary tells the story of artist Alejandro Santiago, who sets out to create a monumental installation of 2501 life-size sculptures of all the people who left, because Teococuilco, he feels, is so empty. The program also features Dante Cerano’s award-winning video essay Day Two / Día dos (Mexico, 2004, 23 min.), an idiosyncratic and irreverent take on the second day of a P’urhepecha wedding ceremony.

In person: Yolanda Cruz

Curated by Jesse Lerner and Steve Anker.

Funded in part with generous support from Wendy Keys and Donald Pels.

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MON 12/14
8:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff