Batik Xa Ta Sna' K'ak'al/Let's Go to the House of Father Sun (2004, 3 min.) MEXICO
Director: Ilan Vingurt
Editor: Pedro Daniel López (Tzotzil)
Produced by: Proyecto Videoastas Indígenas de la Frontera Sur
“Batik xa ta sna k’ak’al ak Tzevul,” is a song by the Tzotzil fusion band Sak Tzevul, hailing from Zinacantán, Chiapas. Damián Martínez, founder of the group and the song’s writer, says it represents “youth’s cry for freedom,” and is a call to return to pre-Hispanic Mayan cosmogony still present in the beliefs of locals today. Expressive editing captures the vibrancy of Sak Tzevul’s music and the pulse of life in the city of San Cristobál.
Image credit: Audience at Club Red Radio,
2000 Native American Film and Video Festival - photograph by Amalia Córdova,