The winner of the Ariel de Oro Ofelia Medina presents her first film The carried… and the broughta documentary about the devotion to the Virgin of Zapopan, known as the general and the peacemaker, whose image gathers two million pilgrims each year in her temple.
The fervor for the generala, said Ofelia Medina in a talk after the screening of the film at the Cineteca Nacional last Friday, is testimony that Mexicans do not forget their indigenous origin and stated: “I do believe in miracles, I asked the general that if she finished her film, she would do us the miracle of stopping the Mayan train”.
I am confident that “only she, with her power, can stand up to human power”; the actress is one of the personalities who have asked President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to stop the works that, according to environmentalists, are causing damage to the environment.
For this documentary, more than 72 hours were filmed, starting on May 20, 2019, with the collaboration of researcher Begoña Lecumberri, Claudia de Berardinis, director and composer, as well as Montserrat Revah for the original music.
Ofelia Medina, screenwriter, stage director and narrator of The carried… and the brought, shows the ritual that has a route from Zapopan to the 183 towns with their markets and parishes in Guadalajara. A pilgrimage in which 30 thousand dancers also participate.
The actress and filmmaker informed that the state municipality of Zapopan and the University of Guadalajara were the investors of the film, for which they are negotiating that after its commercial premiere, it will go to a streaming platform.
“I don’t know how much it cost to produce it, I just did it, I was a salaried person, I was paid for my work and it was ready after a year and a half,” Medina explained.
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The presentation also included the participation of the writer Hermann Bellinghausen, and the actress Patricia Reyes Spíndola, who told Ofelia Medina that when she saw the faces of the people of Guadalajara prostrated in the churches, “I cried, it is moving to see this people”.
Since 2018, the pilgrimage in honor of the Virgin of Zapopan was distinguished as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.