Two Events: May 10 & 11: Exhibition Peolota Mixteca Game and Film Screening: Pasajuego: Ethnography, Migration and Identity throughout the Game of Pelota Mixteca

*May 10: Exhibition Pelota Mixteca game to be played, featuring traditional Folklore dancers from Oaxaca Mexico: O’Neil Park, 6:30 p.m. Courtesy Parking Code for May 10: 261803

**May 11 Film Screening: Pasajuego: Ethnography, Migration and Identity of the Oaxacan Peoples throughout the Game of Pelota Mixteca. 5:30 p.m. Peter’s Education Center Auditorium west of Save Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building)


Discussant: Daniel Oliveras de Ita (Director)

In the southern state of Oaxaca, México, Pasajuego is the name of the court where the ancient indigenous game of Pelota Mixteca is played. Pasajuego is a visual ethnography about the migration of Oaxacan workers to urban centers of Mexico and the U.S. In this story the game of Pelota Mixteca, acts as a window to look through the lives of the Oaxacan people at their migration destinations. The practice of Pelota Mixteca in different contexts reflects the lives of those who play the game, and shows how culture travels with them when they migrate. It tells the story of the players, shows the solidarity between paisanos, the cooperation systems among different regions of Oaxaca, Mexico and the U.S., and takes the audience through the diaspora of these migrants. This documentary film aims to capture the community contexts in which the game is carried out, and the ability of Oaxacan people to recreate their communities of origin on the other side of the border. In this journey the locations are condensed into one to describe Pasajuego as an embassy with diverse cultural expressions, geographically dispersed but unified by practice, cooperation and exchange between Oaxacan communities. Today at least two million Oaxacans live in the United States. This is the story of their ballgame, now taking root throughout the U.S. In Spanish, English, and Zapotec with English subtitles. 75 minutes.

Sponsors: The Consulate of Mexico in Fresno, The College of Arts and Humanities, The College of Social Sciences, the Department of Chicano & Latin American Studies, M.E.Ch.A and M.O.L.E.

All films screened on campus are free and open to the public. Parking is not enforced after 4 p.m. on Fridays.

CineCulture is a film series provided as a service to Fresno State campus students, faculty, and staff, and community. CineCulture is also offered as a 3 unit academic course (MCJ 179) in the Mass Communication and Journalism Department. CineCulture fulfills General Education Integration Area Multicultural International (MI).

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