Sonoran Filmmaker’s Short Film On Indigenous Community Selected For Chicago Festival

By Kendal Blust
Published: Friday, April 9, 2021 - 5:48pm
Updated: Monday, April 12, 2021 - 10:47am

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 Somos Pequeñas
Fernanda Galindo
The short film "Somos Pequeñas" is by Sonoran filmmaker Fernanda Galindo.

Sonoran filmmaker Fernanda Galindo’s 15-minute film "Somos Pequeñas" about two women from the Indigenous Comcaac community in Punta Chueca, Sonora, will be screened for the first time publicly starting this weekend at the Chicago Latino Film Festival.

"It's a short film made with a great deal of affection and a lot of respect for this community," Galindo said. "With collaboration with them, and with a lot of respect, even though we're touching on a complex issues. But the vision and the position is to respect and show the humanity of these people. It's a fictional story, at the end of the day, but the background is a place as special, as magic, as cultural powerful as Punta Chueca."

The film doesn't shy away from difficult topics, she said. It stems from her conversations with women in the community, and focuses on issues of gender violence. It also revolves around the deep cultural significance of song for the Comcaac Nation.

"A really important aspect I wanted to show in the film is the incredibly strong musical movement in the community," she said. "Music is a really important form of expression for youth there, and it comes from a musical inheritance, that song has always been a part of the Comcaac culture."

Galindo is currently working to turn the story into a full-length film.

"Somos Pequeñas" is screening at the Chicago Latino Film Festival from April 9-18.