This film transports viewers to rural Southern Mexico while telling a timeless story locals can relate to. “‘Corazón del Tiempo’ is unique; it deals with familiar questions of social convention versus change, but in an unfamiliar place for most audiences — an indigenous community in Chiapas, Mexico,” says Jason Wallach, events and media coordinator at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts.
The award-winning documentary follows Sonia, a young indigenous woman on path to marry a man of her father’s choosing. Sonia’s world turns upside-down when she falls for a Zapatista militant — a group “dedicated to ending racism and economic injustice for the indigenous and downtrodden in Mexican society,” says Wallach.
“People will relate to the film because of the challenges that Sofia faces,” Wallach says. “She is met with a unique decision: to follow social convention and live unhappily, or to follow her heart and commit a social taboo and cut herself off from the community and people that she loves and depends on. It is a moral dilemma akin to any you would find in contemporary society.”
“Corazón del Tiempo” will be shown on Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Roxie Theater, 3117 16th Street. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles. Tickets are available at the door for $10. The film is part of the Cine-Mas/ San Francisco Latino Film Festival, Sept. 16-19.
A Q&A with the film’s producers, Alberto Cortés and Ana Solares, follows the screening. “We hope to offer an alternative version to the story we hear about indigenous people in Chiapas and Southern Mexico,” Wallach says.
“FILM: Corazón del tiempo.” Mission Loc@l. http://missionlocal.org/2010/08/film-corazon-del-tiempo/