Monsieur Gonzales: The Last "Plieur de Codre"
In the spring of 1999, near the town of Sarlat in the Dordogne region of France, Monsieur Gonzales, an elderly local farmer, demonstrates his skill as a "Plieur de Codre”: splitting and shaving willow saplings with ancient tools into the flexible wooden bands traditionally used to hoop cognac barrels in France. A skill, which today, is all but extinct.
A film by Scott Andrews, 8 minutes
Edgar Gonzalez: Mezcalero!
In the highland rainforest, four hours Northeast of Oaxaca, and just outside of the Zapotec village of San Cristobal Lachirioag, Edgar Gonzalez is recovering an ancient tradition while combatting the culture destroying loss of young people from his community. At his homegrown "palenque" or distillery, he, his family, and a growing group of workers are again handcrafting the sacred spirit of their forefathers- Mezcal!
A film by Scott Andrews, 16 minutes
Cipriano Vigil: Músico de la Gente
The life story of the "New Mexico State Treasure" and acknowledged master of Northern New Mexico music, El Rito's very own Cipriano Vigil. From his introduction to music at age eight in the dancehalls of Peñasco, through a lifetime of collecting music of the "Viejitos" and performing with family and friends (including the legendary Antonia Apodaca) at the Smithsonian and venues throughout the SouthWest. Cipriano spins fantastic stories and humorous songs, creates a legacy of collected traditional works, and serves as an authentic voice for his people.
A film by Scott Andrews, 38 minutes
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