Day of the Dead in Oaxaca Mexico - La Vida Y Los Muertos - screener

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Day of the Dead in Oaxaca Mexico - La Vida Y Los Muertos

Year: 2014, 37 mins
Code: CK-Day

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La Vida y Los Muertos is a visually rich film that captures the beauty, the joy, the sadness and the magic of the Day of the Dead in Oaxaca, Mexico. From elaborately decorated graves, to frightening demon dancers, to lavish home altars, and enormous sand paintings, the film takes you on a journey through the city of Oaxaca and five nearby villages during the days of the festival. Wandering through the festively decorated streets, homes and graveyards is like passing through hundreds of private conversations between those that are living and those that have passed on. Like the festival itself, the film comes alive as the music dances and interacts with the imagery in a joyous celebration of life.

As an art film, La Vida y Los Muertos is a journey through the city of Oaxaca and five near-by villages during the celebration of Day of the Dead. In the city and in the villages, this beautiful festival of death is very lively. The juxtaposition of music, food and celebration with cemeteries and death is surreal. With little narration, rich visuals and complex soundtrack, each chapter captures the mood and the impression of one particular place.


Carolyn Kallenborn works with fabric and metal to create flowing garments and sculptural pieces. She shows her award-winning, hand painted garments and sculptures in galleries and exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Her work has been shown in Beijing, China; Cheong-ju, Korea; the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona; Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Indiana; and other shows and galleries in St. Louis, Chicago , Atlanta and Cambridge, Mass. In addition, her work has been featured in such magazines as Fiberarts, Surface Design Journal and Shuttle Spindle and Dyepot. She received her BA and MFA in Textile Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kallenborn taught textiles and design at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before jointing the faculty at Kansas City Art Institute.

Carolyn is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Design Studies Department. She was an assistant professor in the Fiber Department at the Kansas City Art Institute from 2001 - 2007. Carolyn currently serves as the Coordinator for “Off The Grid” the 2009 Surface Design Association international textile conference. She was Conference Coordinator for “Uncovering the Surface” , SDA’s 2005 conference and was coordinator and juror for two major exhibitions for the SDA’s 2003 conference.

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