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Quema Judas [electronic resource]: A Mexican Folk Tradition

Hecho a Mano Productions
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Once a common sight at Easter in Mexico, displays of los judas - or large devil figures made of paper - have, like so many other folk customs across Latin America, become increasingly rare. In an attempt to save the ritual from extinction, the city of San Luis Potosi sponsors a yearly competition prompting the creation of a small army of the paper grotesques. This program follows three folk artists as they guide their judas from birth to a fate ordained by centuries of tradition - a cathartic inferno symbolizing the destruction of evil. As with much folk art, the artists come from diverse walks of life and their interpretations of los judas take on many forms, ranging from the simple to the fantastic.
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47 min.
In Spanish with English subtitles
6 and up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on December 17, 2011.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Mexican Folk Tradition
  • Folk Art Traditions in Mexico (3:04)
  • Preservation of Folk Art (3:33)
  • Judas Bone Yard (1:58)
  • How to Build a Judas (1:26)
  • Symbolism of Judas (2:49)
  • Family of Artisans (1:10)
  • How to Put Skin on the Bones (1:46)
  • Final Phase of Creation (1:43)
  • Tradition Lives On (2:08)
  • Importance of Tradition (1:23)
  • Judas Competition (3:00)
  • Devils with Names (2:49)
  • Museum Competition Winners (1:38)
  • Devils Wired with Fireworks (2:32)
  • Good Friday (1:50)
  • Holy Saturday (5:20)
  • Execution of Devils (3:45)
  • New Hope from Burning Devils (1:48)
  • Credits: Quema Judas: A Mexican Folk Tradition-in Spanish with English Subtitles (1:36)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2011], c2007.
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39156 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (46 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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