La danza de la pluma. Fe, sacrificio y tradiciónMoctezuma Malinches
La Danza de la Pluma. Faith, Sacrifice and Tradition

Armando Espinosa Prieto
USA, Documentary, 2008
35 min, HDV, Color and Black & White
English and Spanish with English subtitles

The movie documents a cross-cultural conquest dance, La Danza de la Pluma, which evolved from Zapotec dance rituals in Oaxaca under the influence of the Spanish colonizers. It incorporates the struggle between Moctezuma and Cortez, Christianity and paganism, with several variations as to the ultimate victor. It has deep cultural significance and importance, with dancers committing themselves for a three-year period, and involves much ritual preparation and community involvement. The movie focuses on the dancers' motivations, their three-year commitment, the sacrifices involved, and how this ancient tradition has survived.


All audiences

MACC, Thursday April 23, 7:15 PM

Director / Producer Armando Espinosa Prieto and Producer Craig Johnson in attendance