US Film Premiere: Huicholes, The Last Peyote Guardians
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Rice Cinema, 6100 Main Street, Houston, Texas
7:00 – 10:00 PM
The film will be shown at Rice Media Center with a suggested donation of $10 but no one will be turned away.
The director, Hernán Vilchez, and the two traditional village shamans, Jose Luis “Katira” Ramirez and Enrique Ramirez (main protagonists of the film) will be presenting in person.
Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians is a story about the Wixárika People, one of the last living Pre-Hispanic cultures in Latin America, and their struggle to preserve Wirikuta, their most sacred territory and the land where the peyote grows, the traditional medicine that keeps alive the knowledge of this iconic people of Mexico.
In the film, we enter the Wixárika world accompanying the Ramírez, a typical family of the Sierra Madre, in the traditional pilgrimage to Wirikuta held every year to honor their spiritual tradition. This time something is different. The “Heart of the World”, where everything is sacred, is in serious danger.
In 2010, the Mexican government granted concessions to several Canadian mining companies to explore and exploit a natural reserve of 140,000 hectares of desert and hills in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí. This area rich in gold, silver and other valuable minerals maintains the energy balance of the region and the whole planet according to Huichol worldview.
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Lecture & Discussion
Tuesday, November 4th
Houston Community College Southeast Campus
Angela Morales Lecture Hall
11:00AM – 1:00PM
Come to a panel discussion with the two Huichol/Wixárika shamans featured in the film, the director, and famous Mexico scholar, Paul Liffman at Houston Community College Southeast Campus.
Join Argentinean Filmmaker Hernán Vilchez (click to hear an interview) and Huichol Shaman Jose Luis “Katira” Ramirez and his son Enrique Ramirez for a presentation and discussion about the film. The event will include distinguished guest Anthropologist Paul Liffman who has written extensively about Huichol Territory and the Mexican Nation.