November 28, 2018
NYU Washington, DC and the Mexican Cultural Institute co-hosted a second film screening for the Films Across Borders: Stories of Women Film Festival. This evening's screening was, "We Are Always Walking" by filmmaker Dinazar Urbina Mata who joined for a discussion after the film. Latinx digital curator at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Amalia Córdova (MA '07), served as interlocutor for the evening. Beatriz Eugenia Nava Domínguez, Deputy Director of the Mexican Cultural Institute, translated the discussion.
Films Across Borders: Stories of Women showcases inspiring stories of courage, hope, and determination, as international voices and perspectives are portrayed via dramatic features, documentaries and shorts. Despite tremendous challenges, immigrants and refugees are often able to overcome and even prosper beyond the obstacles they face.
The film was in Spanish with English subtitles.
"We Are Always Walking" is a film about the trips undertaken to the coast by people of Santa Cruz Zenzontepec—a chatino municipality in Oaxaca’s Sierra Sur— in order to work, mainly, as farmers or traders. The journey to Santa Rosa de Lima, a small coastal town whose main income comes from agriculture and commerce, takes seven hours by car.
Julia, a 28 year old woman from Cofradía, Zenzontepec, was fifteen the first time she made the trip. She enjoys living at the coast rather than at the sierra. At a very young age, Catalina migrated from Xochistlahuaca and started working as a housekeeper. Nowadays, she sells food and feels like she belongs more in Santa Rosa than her birthplace. Alberta, a 21 year old woman also from Cofradía, is a single mom who travels, carrying her baby, to work.
Dinazar Urbina Mata (Oaxaca) has a degree in Social Communication from the Metropolitan Autonomous University (UAM-X). She studied acting and theater staging, and has taken workshops of script and storyline. She participated in the Itinerant Audiovisual Camp, in the XI International Exhibition of Women in Film and the Riviera Maya Film Festival-PeninsuLab 2015, among others. Some documentaries she produced are TAWA'AKTAJK: PARA EL ANDAR, LA VIDA EN TINTA, and LA CREME DE LA CREME. She is a fellow of FONCA 2015-2016 in the specialty of cinematographic script.
Amalia Córdova (MA '07) is a Latinx digital curator at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. She is a former Latin American specialist for the Film + Video Center of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York City. She joined New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study as part-time faculty in 2011 and later served as assistant director of NYU’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.