Movies at the MAH: Remover El Corazon / To Stir The Heart

Movies at the MAH: Remover El Corazon / To Stir The Heart

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Saturday, September 19, 2020,
8pm - 9pm

Abbott Square

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Catch movies under the stars in Abbott Square with a new ongoing film series created in collaboration with the Watsonville Film Festival.

Throughout the fall we’ll be screening films that inspire and connect to help us grow through this moment together. So grab a drink or snack at Abbott Square and join us outdoors for this ongoing series.

On September 19th, presented in collaboration with Watsonville Film Festival the MAH will be screening Remover El Corazon / To Stir The Heart, a wonderful short from Mexico about the healing power of art.

After a powerful earthquake shook Mexico on September 19th, 2017 the children living in one of the most affected villages learn to channel the trauma through poetry and painting. Follow their story in San Gregorio Atlapulco, Xochimilco, and watch how the creation of community through art shows us that when the earth opens, our hearts open up too.

Space is limited to the first 100 attendees to allow for adequate physical distancing on the patio. There is no pre-registration required, drop-by when you can but if possible, we recommend you arrive early to ensure you have a seat.


Don’t feel like going out? This film will also be available to screen online between September 14-20th on the Watsonville Film Festival’s website. They will also be hosting a virtual Q&A with Mexico City based filmmaker Melissa Elizondo on Thursday, September 17th at 6pm on Zoom.

Remover El Corazon / To Stir The Heart

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On September 19th, 2017, a powerful earthquake shook Mexico. The children of one of the most affected villages learn to transform their trauma through poetry and painting. In San Gregorio Atlapulco, Xochimilco, the creation of community through art shows us that when the earth opens, our hearts open up too.

Melissa Elizondo is a multiple award-winning documentary Mexican filmmaker. She graduated from the prestigious Center for Cinematographic Studies (CUEC) at Mexico City’s National Autonomous University (UNAM). She has worked on a diverse array of artistic projects and directed short and feature-length documentary films, as well as fictional short films. As a director, she focuses on the human rights of Indigenous Peoples, youth, and gender equality.

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En Español:

19 de septiembre de 2017 un potente terremoto sacude a México y los niños de uno de los poblados más afectados aprenden a sublimar el trauma a través de su mundo poético interior y los colores de la pintura. En San Gregorio Atlapulco, Xochimilco, la creación de comunidad por medio del arte nos muestra que cuando se abre la tierra también se abren nuestros corazones. (En español con subtítulos en inglés, 29 min)

MELISSA ELIZONDO es una multipremiada documentalista mexicana egresada del Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos de la UNAM y de la Licenciatura en Ciencias de la Comunicación por la Universidad Tecnológica de México. Ha trabajado en diversos proyectos artísticos, dirigido documentales y cortometrajes de ficción. Como directora se enfoca en los derechos humanos de los Pueblos Originarios, de la niñez y la igualdad de género.

Film Details

  • Film is in Spanish with English subtitles
  • 29 minutes long
  • Introductions will begin at 8pm with an art activity to follow the film.

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