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2008 | Color | 57 min

Re-encounters is a documentary that chronicles the personal experience of Oaxacan artist Alejandro Santiago. After more than a decade living abroad, Santiago returned to the Zapotec Sierra seeking the village of his childhood. Instead, he found abandoned houses, empty streets, and deserted farm fields. He felt that his community, his culture, and his home were all lost. Santiago's sense of emptiness drove him to search for answers in his art. His current project, 2501 Migrants, expresses his response. a symbolic community of life-size clay sculptures in homage to those who left. Re-encounters tells his story and the stories of countless others.

Country: México, Estados Unidos
Direction: Cruz; Yolanda
Script: Cruz; Yolanda
Production: I. Cruz; Carlos
Photography: Simmons; Johnny
Art direction:
Participation year at FICM: 2008

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