FILM SCREENING: TOTE_ABUELO
2019, 80 min. Directed by María Sojob
While braiding her daughter’s hair, Maria thinks of Tote, her only living grandparent, who is now going blind. She decides to visit him at his ranch to get to know him, and herself, better by learning about his history while contemplating the sunlight through the trees. In the process of weaving a traditional hat, she will seek to weave a relationship with him, hoping to create an ancestral connection with nature and her own roots. Maybe that will be part of the path towards reconciliation with herself and the offering of a more serene love to her daughter.
Film in Tsotsil & Spanish with English subtitles
This program is presented in collaboration with Cinema Tropical the CUNY Mexican Studies Institute and NYU Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
México. 80 min.
Dirección/Director: María Sojob
Producción/Producer: Daniela Contreras
Guion/Screenplay: María Sojob
Fotografía/Cinematography: José Alfredo Jiménez Edición/
Editing: Nicolas Défossé
Sonido/Sound: Guillaume Mollet
Idioma Original / Language Tsotsil y Español / Tsotsil and Spanish
Compañías productoras/Production companies: Terra Nostra Films y FOPROCINE/IMCINE
Locación/Location: San Cristóbal de las Casas y Huixtán, Chiapas (México)
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María Sojob was born in the Tsotsil town of Chenalhó, Chiapas, Mexico. She has a Bachelor in Communication Sciences from the Autonomous University of Chiapas and a Masters in Documentary Film from the University of Chile. Her documentaries have been presented in festivals around the world, including Berlinale, Ficvaldivia, Edinburgh International Film Festival y FICMAYAB’. In 2016, she won the Morelia Indigenous Film and Video Festival (Mexico) with her documentary Bankilal (The older brother). Both in her research and documentary work, María explores narrative and aesthetic forms from the Mayan Tsotsil worldview. Tote_Abuelo (2019) is her directorial debut.