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Virgen de Guadalupe en Durham

I’m glad I am sick tonight.  It’s Friday night and I worked late, stayed home, took a bath, read, and rested up to fight the cold that is making my head hurt and my nose run.  Fortunately, I was home to see the Our Lady of Guadalupe parade that walks past my house every year.

Hundreds of people walk in a procession down the streets in my neighborhood.  The dancing, music, and singing lasts less than 10 minutes as they walk past.  It is beautiful.  Every year is exciting to hear the music and run out to see the procession.  The parade celebrates Our Lady Guadalupe, Mexico’s patron saint, an icon which is one of Mexico’s most popular cultural and religious images.

As I was reading about Virgen de Guadelupe on the internet, I came across the 22nd Annual Latin American Film Festival website. Here is information about a movie I found (excerpt taken directly from the site):

- The Virgin Comes to La Maldita Vecindad (‘the damned bad neighborhood). Elva E. Bishop, Altha Cravey, and Javier García (Durham) 2008. 30 min. <World Premiere>

The film brings together several distinct celebrations of the Virgen de Guadalupe in Durham NC. In a run-down apartment complex on Durham’s east side (the damned bad neighborhood, ‘la maldita vecinidad’), dancers of all ages honor the virgin with hours of ancient indigenous traditional matachine dancing. Afterward, many of these same dancers and their families go to a special Catholic mass for the virgin. In yet another separate activity, linked to the immigrant’s rights movement, relay runners carried a burning torch and the Virgen of Guadalupe through Durham en route from Mexico City to New York City in December of 2005, and again in 2007. These three celebrations of the virgin – and their interconnections and their impact on the community — are highlighted in the documentary.

*Special presentation by the directors and with the presence of members of the community who participated in the film project. Supported by an award from the NC Arts Council.
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Interesante! Unfortunately, I cannot find any more information about the movie.  If I find anything, I will be sure to post it.

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