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CU Native Spirit Society FILM SCREENING + DIRECTOR Q&A: 'Mitote'

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Join us for our screening of ‘Mitote’ (2012), with an introduction and Q&A with the director Eugenio Polgovsky in person!

A shaman’s mystical invocations, a protest of furious electricians on hunger strike and an euphoric football crowd collide in the Zocalo of Mexico City, the country’s central square and ancient ceremonial heart of the Aztec empire. Mitote (Nahuatl for chaos or celebration) transforms the plaza into a wrestling ring, where national commemorations, postmodern rituals and the remains of pre-hispanic culture clash at the beat of a country enraged.

Eugenio Polgovsky was born in Mexico City in 1977. In 1994 he won the world photography contest “Living together”, organized by UNESCO . He studied cinema at the CCC in Mexico City. “Tropic of Cancer”, his first documentary, won the “Ariel” Academy award for best first film and the Joris Ivens Prize at 27th Cinema du Réel in Paris. It had a special screening at La Semaine de la critique in Cannes, 2005. He founded Tecolote Films in 2007 and with the support of the Hubert Bals Fund he produced “Los Herederos” (The Inheritors) focused on the child labour in rural areas of Mexico. Premiered at the 65th Mostra de Venecia and invited to the Berlinale in 2009, where the “Generation” section for first time on its history screened a documentary. In 2014 in coproduction with Greenpeace he directed, edited and photographed “A leap of life” by which Polgovsky won its 4th “Ariel”, Mexican Academy award for best short documentary film 2014. With his independent films he has garnered more than 30 prizes around the world, as director, cinematographer and editor.

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