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Artbound

Día de Los Muertos / Day of the Dead

Día de los Muertos has been adapted for centuries from its pre-colonial roots to the popular depictions in mass media today. Inspired by rich Oaxacan traditions, it was brought to East Los Angeles in the 1970s as a way to enrich and reclaim Chicano identity through a small celebration at Self Help Graphics and Art. Since then, the celebration has grown in proportions with renditions enacted in communities all around the world. In contrast to all the glamorous fanfare Dia de los Muertos now receives, Artbound offers a more intimate look at this ritual through the story of artist Ofelia Esparza, who continues the tradition of building altars to remember the dead. Journey with her as she travels back to Mexico in search of her ancestral roots.

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Sweet Land: The Making of a Myth
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56:39
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Sweet Land: The Making of a Myth

“Sweet Land” recasts this nation's story through the eyes of immigrants and the Indigenous
Life Centered: The Helen Jean Taylor Story
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55:39
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Life Centered: The Helen Jean Taylor Story

Ceramist Helen Jean Taylor crafted timeless works and helped others find peace in clay.
Con Safos
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54:35
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Con Safos: The Story of Chicano Music Pioneer Rubén Funkahuatl Guevara

A tribute to Rubén Funkahuatl Guevara, a Chicano music pioneer.