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Corazon de Mezquite

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Girl fights for right to play music; language.

Movie NR 2019 80 minutes
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Touches on difficult topics without telling you what to believe

Film is in Spanish. A coming of age story about a preteen girl that provides an opportunity for viewers to consider how gender equality, employment, and cultural preservation both work for or against one another. Viewers may decide the movie promotes the preservation or the altering of indigenous tradition or a combination, depending on their interpretation of the events and characters. The director is Mexican and many of the actors are indigenous Yoreme, so there are many authentic depictions, tones, and moods. Elements of Christian and Indigenous religion present. Three curse words used during an short scene that depicts discrimination against Natives.

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Corazon de Mezquite is a lovingly-shot tribute to the traditional and spiritual ways of the Yoreme people of Mexico. But the movie suffers a bit from the contradiction between its expressed desire to help preserve an endangered culture while also advocating for exactly the kind of modern outlooks that generally threaten and unravel old traditions. To the modern eye, it seems unfair and prejudicial to keep girls and women from playing the harp "just because." We root for Lucia to persuade her father to allow her to play. But chipping away at dearly-held traditions piece by piece is exactly how traditions are dismantled. The filmmakers can't have it both ways. Either they sympathize with Yoreme habits steeped in religious and spiritual beliefs that dictate restrictive roles for men and women or they embrace a more modern view of what women should be allowed to do.

It's useful to note that the world's indigenous cultures didn't start out believing in the Catholic symbolism (Mother Mary, figures of Christ) introduced by foreigners, symbols featured here in local customs and rites. Clearly if the Yoreme culture accepts Christian rituals, it has already changed from what it was originally. This asks if women's roles in the culture can change without destroying the culture itself.

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