UNCLE YIM

MEXICO I 2019 I (COLOR, B&W) I 82 MIN. I SPANISH, ZAPOTEC, FRENCH

REVIEW —

 

“Our families are not perfect. We recorded this documentary because we wanted to understand each other, heal the wounds of the past, build a story together,” says Luna Marán, director of Tío Yim, a film about an absent father, yes, but also about the feeling of a family. Jaime Martínez Luna, known as Tío Yim, is a Zapotec singer-songwriter, leader and thinker from the Sierra de Juárez region in Oaxaca. Marán’s film reveals the mystery of a figure who has the characteristics of a rockstar (a contrasting, distant figure), an anthropologist who was part of the first generation that went away to study and then returned to the region to sing from town to town. This man is the director´s father. In an exercise to show her family, Marán made this documentary in which she uses both her mother and his brothers to approach the elusive man, the mysterious father and, in doing so, to understand the present.

Review by:   Carlos Rodríguez

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DIRECTOR —

Luna Marán | Guelatao de Juárez | Oaxaca, 1986

Licenciada en Artes Audiovisuales por la Universidad de Guadalajara, Luna Marán es fotógrafa, productora, directora y gestora cultural. Desarrolla proyectos audiovisuales de forma integral a través de la Sala Cine Too en la comunidad de Guelatao de Juárez y la casa productora Brujazul, que se encargó de la producción de Los años azules (2017), filme de Sofía Gómez Córdova. Tío Yim es su pimer documental.

Guion: Luna Marán, Sofía Gómez Córdova y Perlis López
Productor: Luna Marán, Sofía Gómez Córdova, Inna Payán, Odín Acosta,
Olivia Luengas, Rodrigo Gómez
Compañía Productora: Brujazul, Animal de Luz, OA Sonido, Phonocular
Fotografía: Luna Marán, Pablo García Morales, Federico Zuvire Cruz
Edición: Sofía Gómez Córdova, Perlis López
Música: Jaime Martínez Luna, “Trova Serrana”, Joaquín López Chas
Sonido: Odín Acosta
Reparto: Jaime Luna