Indigenous Film Festival: Ixcanul

The Museum is pleased to continue our partnership with the Indigenous Film and Arts Festival, presented by the International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management (IIIRM). Join us on the opening night of the festival for a screening of Ixcanul. A dessert & coffee reception will follow the film.

Ixcanul, director Jayro Bustamente. Seventeen year old Maria lives with her family on a coffee plantation in Guatemala, in the shadow of Ixcanul – the volcano – the internal force of the mountain which, like Maria, is boiling and looking for eruption. Fascinated by what is on the other side of the volcano, Maria plots to run off with Pepe, who plans to migrate to the U.S. She decides that pregnancy will seal the deal, but Pepe slips away without her, leaving her alone and disgraced. Only when destiny leads Maria to the modern world she has so often dreamed of, does she realize her dreams are controlled – and dashed – by forces more powerful than she. Bustamente’s feature film debut is shot with a largely non-professional cast. In the Kaqchikel language with English subtitles. (Casa de Produccion, Tu Vas Voir, and Kino Lorber Films, 2015, 91 min.). This film contains adult language and content. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

Director Jayro Bustamante will be at the Festival to present his film and for Q&A with the audience.

 Image courtesy of Kino Lorber Films

This collaboration extends to a monthly film series and discussions in partnership with IIIRM and the Denver American Indian Commission. For more information on the montly series, click here.

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