Tu’un Savi by Uriel López was presented at the 18th FICMBy: Ximena Cuevas
The documentary Tu’un Savi (2020), directed by Uriel López España, was presented at the 18th Morelia International Film Festival (FICM) as a part of the festival’s Mexican Documentary Section.
This film narrates the search for the tu’un savi (Mixtec) through its speakers, resulting from the director’s training as a documentary filmmaker and his interest in learning the language his family speaks, which was forbidden from childhood. “I was interested in doing it because it was part of my emotions, and of why I couldn’t talk with my family when I went to visit them.”
With the unification of language, many were forgotten, making the quest for their return a very long and slow process. “The issue of language has always been a very hidden issue. Preserving the freedom to speak some languages has been a great struggle since the colony and until now,” said the director when describing the narrative of the film, and later explaining the process of shooting.
Tu’un Savi will be available for 24 hours at Cinépolis KLIC from October 31 at 5:00 p.m.