Moving on to Morelia, a beautiful colonial city in Michoacán, my mind has been put to ease both concerning the film's value for the 'young generation' as well as the fear that the poetic layer of the film might get lost in translation.
After a beautiful introduction by film writer and feminist documentary theorist Sophie Mayer to a full cinema, where she describes the film as being a ‘seed’ of thought for the viewers to take away and let grow, the comments from the audience were both insightful and encouraging. I was so captured by the discussion that I didn’t even stop when the room started to shake, and I only realised afterwards that it was an earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale!
The idea of planting a seed was strangely something I had spoken about with the small, but incredibly engaged audience at Faro cultural centre in the Iztapalapa borough of Mexico City the day before. The first comment came from an older lady who thanked me for the film and apologised for the small number of people attending, saying that this is a film that everyone should see. My answer was that the numbers of the audience aren’t the most essential thing. Even if it’s important to me to make the film available to as many people as possible, the real success is when even just one person walks out of the cinema with a new ‘seed’ that they will nurture and let grow in their own way. I think this is how change happens; when we share ideas and keep bringing each other’s work and discoveries forward. It’s not about the achievement of isolated artists, activists or scientists; it’s a chain reaction between people from all walks of life and through history.
The discussion at the incredibly beautiful venue in Casa Natal de Morelos in Morelia ended with a boy of nine politely raising his hand and, much like the old lady at Faro, thanked me for the film saying that it meant a lot to him and his mother – they had enjoyed it very much.
So thank you to the young and the old for reminding me that these issues concern everyone, and thank you to Ambulante for an absolutely brilliant film festival! I am very much looking forward to the rest of the screenings.
So, basically, I want to thank you for your film. It’s inspiring, encouraging. It’s a beautiful, clever, acute and outstandingly poetic way to spread news of hope and alternatives of life and exhort to contribute (didn’t get lost on translation). It is a reminder of the brilliancy that us, human, are capable of, of the power of decision (to dare to watch and then choose), of the possibilities that creativity, knowledge and wisdom can provide. That it is up to us. That the same amount of destruction that we can achieve it can be of warm construction… that it goes both ways and takes more less the same effort.
I had the opportunity to listen to you and the audience talking about the film; I thought I was attending something else, good it wasn’t that way. That lead me to go to the next screening I was able to. I want to watch it again. I want to share it. I want to make life out of what you showed. I feel very good with this kind of proposals, though I would restate some details and have some questions… I would have liked very much to speak to you, face to face.
Anyway, you receive a hug filled with gratitude and admiration from Morelia,