Nov 29, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Siempre Andamos Caminando (We Are Always Walking)
Screening to be followed by a discussion with Dinazar Urbina Mata & Jon S. Goff
We’re thrilled to be co-presenting the NYC premiere of Siempre Andamos Caminando (We Are Always Walking) with Ambulante and as a part of our ongoing collaboration with Proyector, a showcase of contemporary independent Mexican films.
We Are Always Walking / Siempre Andamos Caminando is a film about the trips undertaken to the coast by people of Santa Cruz Zenzontepec—a chatino municipality in Oaxaca’s Sierra Sur— in order to work, mainly, as farmers or traders. The journey to Santa Rosa de Lima, a small coastal town whose main income comes from agriculture and commerce, takes seven hours by car. Julia, a 28 years old woman from Cofradía, Zenzontepec, was fifteen the first time she made the trip. She enjoys more living at the coast rather than at the sierra. At a very young age, Catalina migrated from Xochistlahuaca and started working as a housekeeper. Nowadays, she sells food and feels like she belongs more in Santa Rosa than her birthplace. Alberta, a 21 years old woman also from Cofradía, isa single mom who travels, carrying her baby, to work.
Special thanks to program partners Cinema Tropical, Mexican Cultural Institute NY, Remezcla, Cinelandia and to Ambulante for co-presenting.
Join us following the film with director Dinazar Urbina Mata who will be in attendance for conversation.
Siempre andamos caminando
Dinazar Urbina, 2017, 62 min.
Alberta, Julia and Catalina are three Chatino women who had to leave their birthplaces in order to work at Oaxaca’s coast, cultivating papayas and lemons or selling things. We are always walking portrays the long highway trips that the three migrants have to do regularly to survive.
Dinazar Urbina Mata (Oaxaca) has a degree in Social Communication from the Metropolitan Autonomous University (UAM-X). She studied acting and theater staging, and has taken workshops of script and storyline. She participated in the Itinerant Audiovisual Camp, in the XI International Exhibition of Women in Film and the Riviera Maya Film Festival-PeninsuLab 2015, among others. Some documentaries she produced are Tawä’äktäjk: para el andar, La vida en tinta, and La crème de la crème. She is a fellow of FONCA 2015-2016 in the specialty of cinematographic script.
JON-SESRIE GOFF is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, and arts administrator. He believes cinema has the power to explore the intersection of race, power, identity, gender and the environment by unearthing the visceral representational value and authenticity behind the images propelled across varying diasporas. With over 15 years experience in media and film production, Jon has offered his lens to a variety of projects spanning many genres including the recently released and award-winning documentaries, including Out in the Night (POV, Logo 2015) and Evolution of a Criminal (Independent Lens 2015), among several other projects. Prior to coming to the Flaherty, Jon served as the first Museum Specialist for Film at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture where he was responsible for developing the museum’s public film program. Jon has served on juries for International Film Festival Rotterdam, Black Star Film Festival, the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (DCEFF), and CinemAfrica Film Festival (Stockholm, Sweden). He has a MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts from Duke University.
A showcase of contemporary independent Mexican films blending fiction with non-fiction elements. The themes and characters they present fall outside of the clichés of Mexico portrayed by the media. Emphasizing form over content, these films break away from commercial production schemes.