In-Theater Livestream Conversation
Natalia Brizuela is the Class of 1930 Chair of the Center for Latin American Studies and a professor in the Departments of Film & Media and Spanish & Portuguese at UC Berkeley.
In her first feature film, Oaxacan filmmaker Marán incorporates historical and family footage of her father, a radical Zapotec singer-songwriter and community leader who was involved with school programs, local politics, and community radio. But Jaime Martinez Luna has stopped singing, his voice lost to alcoholism. Now, after fifteen years of silence, his daughter encourages him to write a new song about his life. Through conversations—at times, contradictory and challenging—with him and his family, she begins to piece together his past, including his deep commitment to the Oaxacan principle of living in comunalidad, political engagement, which ironically often kept him absent from his family.