Juan of the Witches

(Juan de las Brujas)
Andrew Houchens | Documentary

2019 | 18 minutes | Mexico, United States

Honoring the legacy of a founder of Mexico's prestigious Ballet Folklórico, Juan of the Witches is an intimate portrait of a life richly lived.

Synopsis

Juan of the Witches honors 82-year-old Juan Medellín's legacy as a founding company member of Mexico City's prestigious Ballet Folklórico de Amalia Hernández. An intimate portrait of a life richly lived and a testament to the power and the force of art, the film uses colorful hand-drawn animation to illustrate cherished memories from Medellin's childhood and introduction to dance to his heyday with the Ballet from the 1960s to 1970s.

Inspired by the director’s first encounter with Medellín on the day of the September 19, 2017 earthquake, the film is also a humble love letter to Mexico through the eyes of a foreigner.

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Festivals

Montclair Film Festival; San Francisco Latino Film Festival; New Fest New York’s LGBTQ Film Festival; Chicago Latino Film Festival; Dance Camera West Festival; Madrid Film Festival FCM-PNR - Audience Award Prize for Best International Short; Guadalajara International Film Festival; Festival Mix Brasil; Guanajuato International Film Festival; GAZE: LGBT Film Festival; ShortsMexico; Ville Film Fest

DIRECTOR: Andrew Houchens

NATIONALITY: Mexico, United States

YEAR: 2019

GENRE: Documentary

LANGUAGE: Spanish

COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: High School, College, Adult

SUBTITLE/CC: AVAILABLE

AUDIO DESCRIPTION: NOT AVAILABLE

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