Directed by Ernesto Contreras
“Raises philosophical questions about what is lost when a language—and by extension, our elder’s memory—is allowed to fade away unpreserved.”—Peter Debruge, Variety
A young linguist travels to the jungle of Mexico to research and save a mysterious indigenous language. A language, as he discovers, at the point of disappearing since the last two speakers had a fight fifty years ago and refuse to speak a word with each other. Trying to bring the two old friends back together, he discovers that hidden in the past, in the middle of the jungle, lies a secret concealed by the language that makes it difficult to believe that the heart of Zikril will beat once again.
Winner of the Audience Award for World Cinema at the Sundance Film Festival. 2017, Mexico, in English and Spanish with English subtitles, 103 minutes. Recommended for 15+.
Introduction and post-screening discussion led by Dr. Hilaria Cruz, Neukom Postdoctoral Fellow, Dartmouth College and Assistant Professor of Comparative Humanities, University of Louisville. Part of a two-day symposium on Borders, Territoriality, and Citizenship in the Americas. For more information, contact Christine Ehrick (History Department) at firstname.lastname@example.org