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"Best Documentary" - Saguaro Film Festival

"Honorable Mention" - Smoky Mountain Film Festival

Celebrated in Mexico and other places with large Mexican and Hispanic populations, The Day of the Dead is a traditional holiday that occurs October 31 through November 2nd. This holiday is based on the belief that the spirits of the dead return from the underworld each year. It is customary to build altars in their honor to ensure their spirits feel welcome. "Calaveras," which means skull in Spanish, refers to the decorative skulls made of either sugar or clay - another important symbol of this revered celebration. This ageless documentary offers various examples of altars and their true-life stories retold by family members and friends who carry on this honored tradition, emphasizing the importance of remembering one's  loved ones and one's roots. This documentary is highly recommended to be viewed in conjunction with Day of the Dead ceremonies, as it, too, has been sensitively used as a healing tool by bereavement counselors.

Produced by A Dog's Life Productions

Up-Res HD format by Chip Taylor Communications, LLC

Versions Available:

  • 1 x 30 minutes / URHD

Calaveras: Honoring "The Day of the Dead" (Día de los Muertos)
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