The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.
Run Time: 91 minutes
Set against the backdrop of the fictional village San Mateo’s annual festival, three people return to their hometown in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. While all three left San Mateo to find work and opportunity in the city as economic migrants, each arrives with their own unique motivation. Maria, once ostracized from her family and community, comes back to attend her mother’s funeral. Esteban, gone three years, suddenly returns to his family home to reclaim his alleged rights as a husband, without taking in account the way he abandoned his wife, Chabela. And Toña, who has long suffered from childhood trauma, returns to save her daughter from a similar fate. As each story unfolds, it collides and overlaps with the others, feeding into and enhancing one another with hauntingly brilliant cinematography. As the name implies, NUDO MIXTECO (meaning “Mixtecan Knot”) weaves these tales of Mixtecan life together, highlighting the throughlines of belonging, poverty, migration, and plight of Indigenous women. —G.S.
Content Warning: This film contains material that may be difficult for some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.
Tuesday, April 05, 2022 at 4:45 PM
Wednesday, April 06, 2022 at 2:35 PM
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: Yes
46th CIFF College Program