The Weavers’ Songs

Institute History

  • 2019 Sundance Documentary Film Grant


An examination of struggles within the indigenous Mexican director’s community, “the village of the weavers,” that exemplifies the inter-generational complexity underlying the crisis facing indigenous folk traditions throughout the Americas. The first feature-length film made entirely in the Amuzgo language, Observational filmmaking follows three principal characters: Zoila, a local weaver; Donato, the town’s most famous violinist; and Lorenzo, his son. Zoila’s loom creates a natural music to tell the story of the life and death of Donato—whose older son burned his violin as an instrument of the devil on the day of the funeral—and Lorenzo, Donato’s younger son, who has discovered one last chance to revive his father’s music, thirteen years later.

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