Film Details

Mexico / 2019 / 93 min.
Directed by Arturo Sánchez del Villar
Spanish and Nahuatl w/ English Subtitles
Genre: Animation, Drama
Feature

Synopsis

Every Sunday, Chano walks from his village to the street market to sell the jaguar figurines, or tecuanes, his grandfather Cenobio handcrafts. Following the advice of two tourists who buy the tecuanes, Chano convinces his grandfather to move to the city where they can earn a living with their handcrafts but they end up marginalized. Meanwhile, their figurines land in the hands of a foreign filmmaker who trademarks them and the legend they represent. Sánchez del Villar brings to life these legends through a fusion of animation and live action while critiquing the commercial exploitation of a millennial culture.

Todos los domingos, Chano camina desde su pueblo hasta el mercado para vender los tecuanes creados por su abuelo Cenobio. Siguiendo el consejo de dos turistas que compran sus tecuanes, Chano convence a su abuelo a que se muden a la ciudad donde pueden ganarse la vida con sus artesanías, pero terminan marginados. Sus figuras caen en manos de un cineasta extranjero que registra como propias los tecuanes y la leyenda que representan. Sánchez del Villar da vida a estos mitos a través de una fusión de estilos a la vez que critica la explotación comercial de una cultura milenaria.