Rodríguez Guillen (Purépecha) directs documentaries and short fictions about Purépecha history and traditions. Hidalgo Municipio con Historia, which he co-directed with Tomás Pérez and Gildardo Vega, won the Best Michoacán Documentary Award at the 2004 Morelia International Film Festival. His video Tarhiata Tsakapancha/El Viento en la región de las piedras won special mention for its reconstruction of historical memory at the 1999 Festival Americano de Cine y Video de los Pueblos Indígenas in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Rodríguez trained in video production at the Centro de Video Indígena Michoacán and in workshops in Michoacan coordinated by the Centro de Entrenamiento de Televisión Educativa. He has participated in video production workshops at the Cineteca Nacional in Mexico City. Rodríguez received a history BA at the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo. He was born in Pátzcuaro and grew up in Tzintzuntzan, Michoacán. Rodríguez lives in Morelia, Michoacán.
"Coming from a mestizo-indigenous community and as a historian
of the formation of my region, my work has always focused on imparting
the traditions and worldview of the P'urhepecha people, from a
historical perspective, looking mainly at the ancestral peoples
since before before the arrival of the Spaniards. My motive is
the recuperation of the ancestral historic memory. My aesthetic
works with the colors, shades, and perspectives that the traditional
narratives give us, where myth and history go hand in hand."
Screened by NMAI
credit: Pavel Rodríguez Guillen;
Pavel Rodríguez Guillen