Hola, friends. I have been in Veracruz, Mexico for the past month and we wanted to do a short film project for fun. Mexico is rich with many cultures, languages, and histories, with 60 Indigenous languages, which have been threatened by Spanish. Mexico have had an ugly history of colonialism, but that hasn’t stopped many Indigenous groups from still thriving and practicing their cultures and speaking their languages today.
My beloved friend, Alberto, is 100% Indigenous, with Nahua and Totonaco heritage. We were interested in meeting Totonaco people, an Indigenous group from Veracruz and Puebla. They speak Totonaco, which is a complicated language, and apparently much harder than Nahuatl to learn. We met an old Totonaco elder from Papantla who agreed to work with us! He recited a beautiful poem in Totonaco. Alberto is helping me edit the audio for this video.
I have been busy writing. I wrote some new poems and short stories. I will work on a new feature script. I also have a performance coming up on September. Also, thanks to everyone who have watched my latest new short film from India, “Deaf Brown Gurl.” The comments I got on the video were amazing.
You can check out my creative writings on here: http://sabinaengland.blogspot.com and you can watch my short films, http://www.youtube.com/velmasabina
Thank you for reading! I hope you have a good summer. Blessss!