Jul 12th 2020

The National Museum of Mexican Art and the Chicago Latino Film Festival are pleased to present a live screening of Cuilli and Macuilli. Join us on Sunday, July 12th at 2:00 pm CST and enjoy this Mexican film that has won several prestigious awards, including being a Canne Film Festival selection.

This event is free. Please consider making a donation in support of the cast and crew of Cuilli & Macuilli. 100% of your donation will provide direct assistance to the artists who created this beautiful film. Any amount you give today will help sustain a diversity of voices for tomorrow. Donate here.

About Cuilli and Macuilli:

Every Sunday, Chano walks from his village to the street market to sell the jaguar figurines, or tecuanes, his grandfather Cenonio handcrafts. Following the advice of two tourists who buy the tecuanes, Chano convinces his grandfather to move to the city where they can earn a living with their handcrafts, but they end up marginalized. Meanwhile, their figurines land in the hands of a foreign filmmaker who trademarks them and the legend they represent. Sánchez del Villar bring to life these legends through a fusion of animation and live action, while critiquing the commercial exploitation of a millennial culture.

Todos los domingos, Chano camina desde su pueblo hasta el mercado para vender los tecuanes creados por su abuelo Cenobio. Siguiendo el consejo de dos turistas que compran sus tecuanes, Chano convence a su abuelo a que se muden a la ciudad donde pueden ganarse la vida con sus artesanías, pero terminan marginados. Sus figuras caen en manos de un cineasta extranjero que registra como propias los tecuanes y la leyenda que representan. Sánchez del Villar da vida a estos mitos a través de una fusión de estilos a la vez que critica la explotación comercial de una cultura milenaria.

This film will be screened in Spanish with English subtitles. Register here. We’ll send a link to the screening by Friday, July 10.

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