Sunday, July 15, 2012

Documentary Takes You from Zimbabwean Village to Santa Fe International Folk Art Market

This the weekend for the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, which means that many crafts from around the world will be on display at Museum Hill.  But it's more than just crafts, there are artistic performances, lectures and other events.  Click here for full schedule, including events before the actual market.

There is a story behind each of the crafts and the artisans, and New Mexico filmmaker Cristina McCandles has put together a great piece on the lives of Matron, Gogo and Sindiso, three  Zimbabwean village women,.  The documentary From Zimbabwe to Santa Fe  takes us along for the ride as the three women set off to sell their baskets at the world’s largest folk art market – held for 3 days in Santa Fe. 

Ms McCandless produced the film over the past four years with the participation of many of New Mexico’s most talented documentary filmmakers including Doug Crawford, Katie Cook, Jilann Spitzmiller, David Aubrey, Jennifer Lain Johnson, Dave Marquez and the Santa Fe Community College Film Department.

The film premiered as part of the events at this year's Santa Fe Folk Art Market and will shown a second time after the festival on Sunday, July 29, at 2:00 p.m. at The Screen, 1600 St Michael's Drive in Santa Fe.  The director/producer will be on hand for a question-and-answer session.  The premiere was sold out, and the second showing could also sell out. Buy tickets online.  Here is a trailer.

From Zimbabwe to Santa Fe - Trailer from cristina mccandless on Vimeo.

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