Return to Oaxacalifornia

Witkin & Witkin

a photographer and a painter

 

Produced by

Berlin 212 S. de R.L. de C.V.

SYNOPSIS
The Mejias’ crossed the border undocumented over forty years ago. I met them during their summer vacation in Oaxaca, returning to their pueblo with their three children as newly documented U.S citizens in 1993. A year later we made a 55 minute documentary for television. A portrait of a family; Mexican parents, American born children. We filmed in Fresno California, and Oaxaca .Jaltapec, suffered from lack of water and extreme erosion; a place, without hope, those who could, left, those too old or young stayed behind. A familiar narrative in pueblos across Mexico. The Mejia’s settled in California’s central valley, where the problems of water followed.

In Oaxacalifornia; the return, we meet the Mejias today a generation later. How have their lives changed? Leo, still works as a gardener; Mercedes put herself through beauty school, she works and takes care of her extended family. The oldest, Elizabeth and Noe between them have seven children. Adriana, who was eight during our first film, recently married a marine based at Camp Pendelton in San Diego, not far from the San Yisdro border, where her parents first crossed into the United States decades ago.
A film about family: identity, assimilation, contradictions, aspirations and the passage of time.


SYNOPSIS

Identical twins; Joel-Peter Witkin a photographer and Jerome Witkin a painter; despite both their creative visions and lives steeped in making art, share little in common and share less than one would imagine. A film about individual perception; creativity and the pursuit of art. At the same time, a film about life, love, loss and distance. Identical twins devoted to their individual process of making art and not to each other. 

2 Años de filmación: 2012 al 2017
Website: witkinandwitkin.com

CONTACT
Trisha Ziff and Isabel del Río
Berlin # 212, Col. Del Carmen
Coyoacán, CP 04100
México, D.F.
Tel (52 55) 56591859
Email: administrador@212berlin.com
2017 registered copyright: 212BERLIN FILMS

SYNOPSIS

Identical twins; Joel-Peter Witkin a photographer and Jerome Witkin a painter; despite both their creative visions and lives steeped in making art, share little in common and share less than one would imagine. A film about individual perception; creativity and the pursuit of art. At the same time, a film about life, love, loss and distance. Identical twins devoted to their individual process of making art and not to each other. 

2 Años de filmación: 2012 al 2017

CONTACT
Trisha Ziff and Isabel del Río
Berlin # 212, Col. Del Carmen
Coyoacán, CP 04100
México, D.F.
Tel (52 55) 56591859
Email: administrador@212berlin.com
2017 registered copyright: 212BERLIN FILMS

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