Pan de Vida: Bread of Life gives us a glimpse into the cultural, artistic, and spiritual life of the Day of the Dead and how the artists and panaderos (bakers) interpret this tradition. The film features interviews with participating artists on various topics such as: What Day of the Dead means to them; their training and inspirations as artists; and their ideas for their altar. The panaderos explore topics such as: their skill and training as bakers; where they first learned of the tradition; what they did for Día de Los Muertos as children, and how they celebrate it now. Interwoven with the interviews are images of previous works by the artists and footage of the panaderías shot in cinema verité style: The baking of bread, the importance of neighbors and customers to a small business, and the importance of bakeries in people's lives and communities.
The film was co-produced and co-directed by Laura Varela and Guillermina Zabala.
Camera and editing by Guillermina Zabala.
Sound by Laura Varela.
The entire duration of the film is 30 minutes. This clip is a 10 min excerpt.
Pan de Vida: Bread of Life was exhibited at the San Antonio Artist Foundation Art Trolley Tour Radius Café in April 2006, at Contemporary Art Film Slam July 2006, at the Texas Filmmakers Showcase in Houston July 2006, at Swarthmore College, PA in Oct 2006, at Art for Change, NYC in November 2006, and at Truman College, Chicago, IL in November 2006.
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