Coco celebrates family, legacy
LOS ANGELES: Who lives, who dies, who tells your story? In Coco, Disney-Pixar’s colourful animated adventure into the land of the dead, a story of family, memory and legacy is hoping to not only celebrate Mexican culture but to bridge the political gap between the United States and Mexico. Coco follows a boy named Miguel who accidentally finds himself in the land of the dead during the Mexican celebrations for Dia de los Muertos. As Miguel is reunited with his ancestors, he learns how the memories of the living help keep the legacies of the dead alive. Coco traces Miguel’s journey to get blessings from his ancestors and his return to the land of the living, but he faces obstacles when his dead family refuse to support his musical ambitions. Miguel finds an unlikely guide through the Land of the Dead in Hector whose legacy is about to be forgotten once his last living relative, his daughter Coco, dies. The film is co-directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina, who said they were careful to reflect Mexican culture and beliefs “in a story free of cliche and stereotype,” and drew on the experiences of their Latino and Mexican colleagues. Tensions between the US and Mexico have been high after US President Donald Trump promised during his election campaign to build a wall along the Mexican border.
A still from Coco