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Ha' Agua Water Tz'itz

Ha' Agua Water Tz'itz is a video-poem—a poetic documentary—created by the Yakanal indigenous youth cultural exchange and The Cultural Conservancy. Water flows throughout our lives, connecting us in our diversity, and together we send ha', agua, water, tz'itz our gratitude, praise, apologies, and prayers. With these images, sounds, words and feelings we hope to connect ourselves more deeply to each other and to the indigeneity that roots us all in our lands by drawing from, and giving back to, the flow that connects us all.

  • Mateo Hinojosa
    Spectacular Movements
  • Yakanal indigenous cultural exchange participants
  • The Cultural Conservancy
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Ha' Agua Water Tz'itz
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Documentary, Poetic, Indigenous
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 37 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 15, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Mexico, United States
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Director Biography - Mateo Hinojosa

Mateo Hinojosa (M.A. in Documentary Film, Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires; B.A., Northwestern University, summa cum laude) is an educator, facilitator, filmmaker and artist. A mestizo Bolivian-American based in the San Francisco Bay Area, he works worldwide, exploring issues of social justice and education; public space and art; politics and performance; spirituality and health; and individual identity in collective struggle. He has worked teaching at Bolivian orphanages and in US high schools, leading theater workshops and facilitating staff retreats, as well as filming neurosurgeries, street art, local cuisine and theater. He has taught cross-cultural documentary skills to Native American youth and U.S. college students. His feature documentary, Spectacular Movements, follows young indigenous and mestizo actors in Bolivia as they struggle to revive the critical spirit of the recent revolution through popular theater and street interventions. He is the Media Director at The Cultural Conservancy.

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