Short Film: Day of the Dead

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Just recently, Mexico’s Guadalajara International Film Festival has displayed newfound global inclusion within the selected films. The film festival is focused on showing each country’s unique culture, and has especially dedicated a prize for the best Mexican animated short “Day of the Dead.” This short film was first discussed 16 years ago and focuses on making death the core element of a children’s movie. It begins with Salma, an orphan girl, who sets up an altar every year hoping that her loved ones may visit her one day, but doesn’t put any of their personal items up. Through this, she travels to the underworld, where she learns about death. Although the short film is very similar to Coco, it presents a new story teaching children about the culture surrounding death within Mexico.

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