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LA RECUA: THE MULE PACK TRAIN
WONDERLANDS | BAY AREA PREMIERE
Director DARÍO HIGUERA MEZA & TRUDI ANGELL (US 2021) 86 min
Darío Higuera Meza—a 70-year-old rancher and leatherworker from Baja California Sur —treks 200 miles by mule with a pack train of donkeys to the capital city of La Paz, honoring a generations-old tradition. As he travels with his friends, son, and grandson through the rugged terrain, he connects with elder ranchers living along the trail to celebrate a way of life that is barely remembered in today’s modern world. Through song, lessons on ranching, and his indomitable spirit and love of the land, Higuera Meza, in spite of physical difficulties that would stop most people in their tracks, strives to preserve the history of not just his own family— but an entire population of people whose practices are near extinction.
IN PERSON: Director TRUDI ANGELL, Producer TOM HUNTINGTON
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DARÍO HIGUERA MEZA (Actor / Director/ Dreamer) Darío is a ranching and leatherwork expert specializing in traditional gear used in Baja California Sur. Dario was a key character for the filming of the award-winning documentary, Corazón Vaquero in 2006/2007. Recently he has won several statewide recognitions for his continued work in teaching, promoting and inciting a revival of historic Californio ranching skills. Darío has earned the position of Director for the film, as his story and knowledge weaves through the fabric of the film and leads us down the trail.
TRUDI ANGELL (Producer / Director) is an award-winning organizer of rural, sustainable tours in Baja California Sur, Mexico. Since 1986 she has organized mule-pack trips to renowned World Heritage Rock Art sites and famous road-less ranches, missions, and villages in the heart of the peninsula. She was an Associate Producer in 2007 for Corazón Vaquero, a timely documentary portrait of Old Californio ranch lifestyle. Thirteen years later, at age 65, this is her first full-length documentary, having worn many sombreros for the past 4 years as Producer/Director/Head of Logistics/Translator and more!
|RUNNING TIME:||86 min|
|LANGUAGE:||Spanish (In Spanish with English Subtitles)|
|DIRECTORS:||Darío Higuera Meza, Trudi Angell|
Co-Producer: Erik Stevens
|CINEMATOGRAPHERS:||Elizabeth Moreno, Alejandro Rivas Sánchez|
|NOTE WRITER:||Analyssa Lopez|