Oaxacan Diaries

A compilation of short two-minute videos from daily encounters of dancers, festivals, celebrations and everyday people in Oaxaca. From dance jam sessions, birthday parties, religious celebrations, to a young Zapotec boy rehearsing for Danza de la Pluma, each of these short video segments showcase diverse events that make Oaxaca the unique state that it is.
NECIA April 10, 2022 Nuestra Espacio de Creación ĺntima y Autónomo (NECIA) celebrated their first anniversary in their permanent dance space. This is a video document from the Jam session with excerpts from DJ Margarita Dos Amantes that plays with positive negative space, the lights on the dance floor and a mesh of movement.
DANZA DE LA PLUMA Feb. 14, 2023 INAH celebrates 50th anniversary in Oaxaca with a calenda and dancers from Danza de la Pluma La Asunción Atzompa is blended with a young Zapotec boy from Teotitlán del Valle who practices the dance in his grandfather's salesroom.
DANZÓN DE LUNA LLENA Sept 27, 2023 Every Wednesday evening is Danzón in the zocalo of Oaxaca de Juarez. This evening with lights left from Independence Day celebrations and a full moon enliven the event and plays with the movement that cuts as soon as something starts to become in focus.
VIRGEN DEL ROSARIO 4TA CALLE DE ABASOLO Oct 9, 2022 The neighbors have vowed, even if they no longer live on their street to continue the traditions of celebrating the Virgen del Rosario. In 2022 they built a 4 story “castillo” and celebrated with fireworks on wooden bulls that people took turns dancing with their “toritos” as well as with an all-night calenda with angelitos and a young Virgen Mary at the center.
CADÁVER EXQUISITO Feb 24, 2023 A group of artists celebrate the 67th birthday of Miguel Lopez Lemus at a local restaurant where a spontaneous combustion of drawing occurred as they exchanged placemats and drawing utensils.
GEOVANA April 15, 2023 A Oaxacan woman celebrates her 30th birthday at her grandmother’s home on a very hot spring day embraced by the many women young and old who have shaped her life.

  • Kapra Fleming
    Lee Godie, Chicago French Impressionist
  • Kapra Fleming
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Diarios Oaxaqueños
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    Documentary, Experimental, Short
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    2 minutes
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    October 15, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
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    Digital video
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Director Biography - Kapra Fleming

Recibió su licenciatura en literatura de alemán, francés en 1975 de la Universidad Purdue y una maestría en Bellas Artes en 1984 de la Escuela del Instituto de Arte de Chicago y ha expuesto trabajos de cine, vídeo y fotografía en Chicago, Illinois y Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca.

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Director Statement

Documento personas y lugares: no como un documentalista tradicional, sino como retratos pintados con fotografía o vídeo/película. Mi trabajo es el lugar donde viajo y vivo, son quién me encuentra en el camino y las conexiones que establezco. De cómo me ven las muijeres a sí mismas. De cómo todo cambia.