In New York and New Jersey, there is a group of Mexican Americans and Chicanos – indigenous people with roots in Mexico practicing the tradition of Anahuac (Aztec). The film follows danza (dance) and rituals of the group, Kalpulli Huehuetlahtolli and interviews the individuals about the heart of it’s culture. In this documentary by Hiroshi Sunairi, their testimonies reveals the complex history of colonized past and evolution. Location: Theater, 2nd Floor
This film screening is presented in collaboration with the Indigenous Elders Of the Condor & Eagle Summit: C10+1 Uey Tlatokan, NYC which will be held from 21 to 25 September 2016, with activities at the Queens Museum and Flushing Meadows Corona Park on Sep 23-25.
A second screening of this film will take place on Saturday, Sep. 24 at 11am, which will include a Q&A with the filmmakers and subjects from the film.
Conceived, cinematography, edited and directed by Hiroshi Sunairi
Produced by Joel Kimbeck
Associate producer: Yao Yaocihuatzin and Tlalcihuatzin Montse Olmos
Sound by Yoon Choi
Music Score: Kalpulli Huehuetlahtolli
Language/Dialogue: English, Anahuac and Spanish
Cast (in order of appearance)
Capitana Guadalupe Becerril Alcantara, Capitan Edward Jaramillo, Capitan Anibal Becerril Alcantara, Capitana Yaocihuatzin, Tlalcihuatzin Montse Olmos, Capitana Quetziquetl Jaramillo, Tlazohtiani Hilario Jaramillo
About Kalpulli Huehuetlahtolli
Loosely translated from the ancient Nahuatl language, our name stands for a community of ancient speaking. More in depth: Kalpulli is a group of people collectively working together to preserve Mexica traditions, not only through Danza and the passing down of historical teachings, but also in the arts, theologies, philosophies, spiritually, ancient traditions, ceremonies, language, natural medicine and herbology, meditation and ancestral songs. Kalpulli is a place where people of every age group and background can retrain themselves on the principles of our ancestors. The Huehuetlatolli, is the “ancient word”. Kalpulli utilizes elders and traditional teachers to support our efforts to provide indigenous leadership and community outreach. Aztecs are Nahuatl speaking descendants of Ancient Mexico. Mexicas are a nation of Aztecs that were most dominant in the area.
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