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I loved the simplicity of this film. The interviews are wonderful – engrossing and thoughtful – a meditation on mortality in just 10 minutes.
– Clio Barnard

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“It all occurs in an enchanted world: time is transformed to a mythical past or a total present; space, the scene of the fiesta, is turned into a gaily decorated world of its own; and the persons taking part cast off all human or social rank and become, for the moment, living images. And everything takes place as if it were so, as if it were a dream.

But whatever happens, our actions have a greater lightness, a different gravity. They take on other meanings and with them we contract new obligations. We throw down our burdens of time and reason.”  

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Octavio Paz: The Labyrinth of Solitude

Short Documentary commissioned by the Wellcome Trust for the Day of the Dead, an event forming part of Miracles and Charms Season at Wellcome Collection. Exhibited at the Wellcome Collection on the 5th of November 2011.

Produced and Directed by: Betty Martins

Camera and Editing: Toby Madden & Betty Martins

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“When the Souls Arrive: reclaiming the dead”

Reflecting through personal narratives the remembrances of the Day of the Dead from the perspective of two Mexicans living in the UK, placing topics related to death in the cultural dimension.

Dia de los Muertos is a transcultural, gifting and participatory celebration. It gives to the concept of death a role of a cultural mediator, circulating a flexible network of ideologies: for example cultural beliefs as well as notions of nationalism.

The role of a cultural mediator is independent of time and transforms while it is transformed: its meanings depend on the relations it creates. To reclaim the dead then, becomes to reclaim a sense of belonging; of being in a certain place in a certain time however accepting and communicating with its transformations.

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* Invited to participate at the curated Videoteque at the Sheffield Doc/Fest 2012. Click HERE to access the Videoteque.

* Screened at TAKES short film festival in Auckland, New Zealand on 03/2012 . Awarded 3rd place, voted by the audience.

* Wellcome collection published a short reflection about the development and production of this project. Click HERE to read this.

* This documentary was added to the curatorial project DVDblog by Michael Szpakowski with a review. Click HERE to read this.

* Documentary was shortlisted for the award Film of the Month at Shooting People and reviewed by the director Clio Barnard. 

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