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ERÉNDIRA (ERÉNDIRA IKIKUNARI, aka Erendira the Indomitable)
Best Art Direction Best Costume Design Best Make-Up Best Special Effects Ariel Awards, Mexico
A beautifully filmed, almost theatrical, recreation of the 16th century legend of Eréndira, a young Purépecha woman who became an icon of bravery during the destruction of indigenous Mexico by the Spanish conquistadors. The intruders took advantage of conflicts and discord among the Mexican natives, allowing them to reap the rewards of a country divided. But Eréndira refused to allow her country to be destroyed and stood up against the social conventions that prohibited women from active participation in warfare. Through her extreme courage in learning to ride a Spanish horse - seen as a terrifying creature by the natives - Eréndira wins the respect of the tribal leaders and becomes a symbol of resistance and the preservation of her culture. Performed entirely in the original Purépecha language, this film is a unique historical account that was nominated for four Ariel awards. Directed by Juan Mora Catlett, Mexico, 2007, 35mm, 114 mins. In Purépecha, Spanish and Latin with English subtitles.