CALLING HOME THE DEAD: Fundraiser for VOZ Worker's Rights & KBOO

As the villagers of Lake Patzcuaro lovingly clean and prepare the graves with beautiful handmade ofrendas, blankets of marigolds, special foods- they prepare for a shared remembrance called Dia de los Muertos: Day of the Dead. They shoot rockets into the heavens to awaken the departed souls and call them home. More tone poem than traditional documentary, Calling Home the Dead transports the viewer in a compelling celebration of the continuity of life and the enduring love of family and friends. Images saturated with color and life join a magical soundtrack of original and local music; and a window is opened to another world.

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On the Day of the Dead, when the spirits come back to us, the road from heaven must be made easy, they say, not slippery with tears.

Join us for film, music, dancing, a procession of "Catrinas y Catrines" and delicious Dia De Los Muertos pastries and Horchata! Excellent raffle items!

Learn about the spiritual/cultural meaning of Dia De Los Muertos as it is celebrated in Patzcuaro, Mexico.

Armando Puentes, KBOO's illustrious program host, will emcee the evening.

Before this beautiful film, enjoy the fascinating rhythms from two bands:

  • Semilla, an amazing band visiting from Mexico, and
  • the wonderful Afro-Cuban ensemble Son Cubano, an ensemble group playing authentic Cuban music, directed by Virginia Lopez, also the leader of the renowned PDX based band Melao de Cuba.

Come ready to dance as we invite the spirits to join us!

All proceeds go to VOZ and KBOO. Tickets will be sold at the door if there are any left. Doors open at 6:30. Suggested admission:$7-20, but no one turned away for lack of funds!

"Every culture has its way of honoring those who have passed. The rituals in "Calling Home the Dead" depict the intersection of indigenous and religious traditions in the towns around Lake Patzcuaro in Mexico. The film brings to life the insightful perspective that death is a part of life through the innocence, community and generational connections felt by the townsfolk. Through vivid photography this film captures the emotional essence of this unique celebration as the people use candles, colorful flowers and ceremonial foods to honor their loved ones. It's an up-to-date view of traditional life that broadens one's understanding and provides enchanting imagery of an enduring cultural tradition."

Denise Lynch, Executive Director
CIELO Project, Olympia WA

"Calling Home the Dead is easily the best film on Day of the Dead that I have ever seen. The filmmakers offer a subtle, visually stunning, poetic invitation to experience the beauty and meaning of this spiritual celebration as it unfolds over several days. With minimal but thoughtfully crafted narration, this voyage in richly evocative images and sound emphasizes indigenous practices during el Día de losMuertos, an invaluable perspective, seldom seen outside of Mexico."

Alice A. Nelson, Ph.D.Professor
Latin American Cultural Studies, Spanish
The Evergreen State College

As the villagers of Lake Patzcuaro lovingly clean and prepare the graves with beautiful handmade ofrendas, blankets of marigolds, special foods- they prepare for a shared remembrance called Dia de los Muertos: Day of the Dead. They shoot rockets into the heavens to awaken the departed souls and call them home. More tone poem than traditional documentary, Calling Home the Dead transports the viewer in a compelling celebration of the continuity of life and the enduring love of family and friends. Images saturated with color and life join a magical soundtrack of original and local music; and a window is opened to another world.

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