Beijing (English)

Promoting Diverse and Inclusive Cultures

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From March 18 to 26, the First Diversity and Inclusion Film Festival was jointly organised by the American, Australian, Canadian, French and Mexican embassies in Beijing, assisted by outside organisati­ons including the Instituto Cervantes de Pekín (Cervantes Institute in Beijing). The purpose of this event was to advance diversity in languages and cultures, and to promote a more inclusive world. During the event, organisers presented activities in many venues throughout Beijing.

One of these activities was a screening of Tote (Grandfathe­r) at the Mexican Embassy in Beijing. This documentar­y was directed by Maria Sojob. In her deeply personal debut documentar­y feature, the Tzotzil filmmaker documents an unexpected encounter between an elderly man, who is going blind, and his granddaugh­ter, who has limited memories of her childhood. As the grandfathe­r weaves a traditiona­l hat, the threads of their family history are untangled. Among the silence, it becomes possible to understand the meaning of love in Tzotzil. Tote won the Best Documentar­y Award at the Morelia Internatio­nal Film Festival 2019.

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