Israel Cárdenas y Laura Amelia, Cochochi (fotograma), 2007

Durango + Cochochi

Screening of Durango (2023) by Lázaro Gabino Rodríguez and Cochochi (2007) by Israel Cárdenas and Laura Amelia Guzmán.

Durango: This short film considers the creation of a Durango state hero as a way of exploring identity construction. We know that natural wonders are of little substance without a story and that places need to be associated with a myth or hero that provides meaning and identity—a tale that is easy to pass along. As we say, things must “sell,” and stories sell. And as we know, stories do not have to be true, but good.

Cochochi: Evaristo and Luis Antonio, two children from the Rarámuri community in the Sierra Tarahumara, embark on a journey through the mountains to the other side of a valley in search of medicine for a family member. The route–remote and rugged as the mountain itself–becomes a rite of passage for the children.


Duración: 96 mins.