Museum of New Mexico Media Center Press Release

La Festividad de los Muertos /Lanii Xtee Tugul -- A Day of the Dead documentary

Museum of International Folk Art

October 02, 2013


The Museum of International Folk Art will screen the documentary film, La Festividad de los Muertos /Lanii Xtee Tugul in the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors’ Auditorium on Wednesday, October 30 at 2 p.m.

The film focuses on Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) or Todos Santos (All Souls) celebrations by members of today’s Zapotec community in Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico. The film highlights the enduring influence of the ancient Zapotecs’ cultural legacy, that is deeply rooted in pre-Hispanic indigenous cultures, in pagan, and in Catholic rituals (as it is throughout Latin America).

The film is part of a collaboration, Todos Santos Teotitlán del Valle, between the Metamorfosis Documentation Project (MDP) and the Balaa Xtee Guech Gulal Community Museum in Teotitlán del Valle.

The collaboration consisted of three phases.

The first, in October and November 2012, had young people from the community interested in documenting their traditions apprentice with MDP. This included film, post-production, and editing workshops. The documentary, some of which was shot by the apprentices, was the final product.

The second resulted in both a permanent Day of the Dead exhibit in the Teotitlán Community Museum and the documentary’s world premiere shown in the Teotitlán del Valle Civic Plaza. MDP gifted the documentary’s reproduction rights and sale revenues to the Community Museum.

This event at the New Mexico History Museum is part of the third phase where MDP presents talks in conjunction with screenings of the documentary. Additionally, MDP is submitting the documentary to U.S. and international film festivals and features the project on its website, with video footage and photographs.

The Museum of International Folk Art is presenting La Festividad de los Muertos / Lanii Xtee Tugul as part of its annual Día de Muertos/Day of the Dead Celebration. Project leaders Armando Espinosa Prieto and Craig Johnson will preface the presentation of the documentary with a multi-media lecture on the history and current state of indigenous Catholicism in the Americas, and specifically how it manifests in Day of the Dead rituals and celebrations.

Metamorfosis Documentation Project is a non-profit organization, founded on the belief in the richness and importance of cultural traditions, focusing on cross-cultural rituals and dances in the Americas. Armando Espinosa Prieto and Craig Johnson are the principals.

This event is funded by the International Folk Art Foundation.

High resolution images may be downloaded here from the Museum of New Mexico Media Center.

Media interviews with Armando Espinosa Prieto and Craig Johnson may be arranged through Steve Cantrell.

Information for the public:


New Mexico History Museum Auditorium

113 Lincoln Avenue

Santa Fe, NM 87501

October 30, 2013, at 2 p.m.

Telephone for information/publication: 505-476-1200

Free with museum admission. New Mexico seniors with ID free on Wednesdays. Youth 16 and under and MNMF members are always free.


Media Contacts:

Steve Cantrell, PR Manager



Aurelia Gomez, Director of Education



Armando Espinosa Prieto/Craig Johnson

Metamorfosis Documentación Project








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