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La Raza Galería Posada (LRGP) and Bows & Arrows are teaming up to present an evening of "Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead" films on Tuesday, October 23 from 7 pm-10 pm. Bow & Arrows is located at 1815 19th Street between R and S Sts. in Sacramento. http://bowscollective.com.
Dr. Fred Dobb, the Galería's film curator, will host the evening of "Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead" films. The main film will be the 1960 classic, Macario, from what is considered the "golden age of Mexican cinema." Dobb will give a short pre-concert talk on this classic Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead film (with English subtitles) and also show several animated Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead shorts. As part of this special event, Bows and Arrows will serve their artisanal palatas. LRGP's new 2012 "Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead" tee shirts, sugar skulls and masks will be for sale this night also. There is a suggested $ 5 donation at door. Proceeds benefit the non profit's educational programming.
Dr. Dobb says of this classic film "A deal with Death grants the poor, starving woodcutter Macario the powers to heal and sets the Holy Inquisition against him. Based on a story by B.Traven, author of The Treasure of Sierra Madre, this film takes place during Dia de los Muertos season in Mexico. The first Mexican film to be nominated for an Oscar, Macario won the Best Cinematography Award at the Cannes Film Festival thanks to the startling black and white images of Gabriel Figueroa. Starring the distinguished actor Ignacio Lopez Tarso, the action takes place against the backdrop of the traditional celebration of Dia de los Muertos.
Día de los Muertos is a traditional Meso-American holiday dedicated to the ancestors; it honors both death and the cycle of life. In Mexico, neighbors gather in local graveyards to share food, music and fun with their families and extended community, both living and departed. In Sacramento, Día de los Muertos has been celebrated in Sacramento since 1975, commensurate with the Galería’s founding in 1972, 40 years ago.
The Galería has just built a large window altar at Bows & Arrows that will remain up past All Soul's Day to promote the 3rd Annual Panteon (Cemetery) de Sacramento, the highly anticipated two-day culminating event of 2012's Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead festivities.
The Panteon de Sacramento is Saturday-Sunday, October 27-28 in the large parking lot west of 2020 J St. and the 3Fold Communications parking lot at 2031 K Street. A free open air, two day/night pueblo recreation with over fifty large, colorful decorated altares to honor those who have passed on will be available for public viewing. Families, individuals, area artists and local not for profit organizations will build the altares Over 4000 people enjoyed the Panteon in 2011. LRGP expects even greater numbers this year, with visitors coming from all over California. Hours are 11 am-11pm on Saturday and 8 am-8 pm on Sunday.The Panteon's full schedule of events, including live music, a mass traditional dance, poetry, mask workshops and face painting, plus area artist and vendors will be announced on the Galería website: www.lrgp.org.