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Hamac Cazíim

Directed by H. Paul Moon
Produced by Stana Benesova Kimball
A music documentary about a band fusing their indigenous language and musical traditions with punk

Videos

Trailer

Overview

Genre
Music, Anthropology, Cultural History, Environment, and Foreign Worlds
Synopsis

"Hamac Cazíim" tells the story of punk rock musicians from an indigenous tribe called the Seri nation, or Comcaac, who are using music to maintain their ancestral language and culture despite a long history of colonialists, missionaries, and modernization.

The Comcaac are a nomadic people who live in a place of mystic beauty along the Gulf of California, where the mountains meet the desert meet the sea. Despite this isolation, the problems of modernization - and extinction of sacred animals - threaten their indigenous identity. To fight against these dangers, the band Hamac Cazíim was formed.

Converging these themes of music, tribes, and endangered species, the film delivers a tuneful meditation on the universal challenge to preserve native identity, and the power of music to stage that fight.

Stage
finished
Running time
38 minutes

Credits

  • H. Paul Moon ... Director
  • Stana Benesova Kimball ... Producer

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Zen Violence Films LLC
Country
United States
Years of Production
2010-2011
Locations
Washington, D.C., USA; Sonora, Mexico

Distribution Details

Release year
2011
Festivals
Red Nation, Chicago International Movies & Music, and Ruby Mountain Film Festivals in the United States, and the Indianer Inuit: Das Nordamerika Filmfestival in Stuttgart, Germany.
Language
English, Spanish
Subtitles
English, Spanish

Photos

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