2501 Migrants: A Journey
WINNER | 2009 INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL EN CORTO | Best Feature Documentary
Director: Yolanda Cruz
Production: Petate Productions
2501 MIGRANTS is a documentary that chronicles the personal experience of Oaxacan artist Alejandro Santiago, who learned the truth of the old saying that you can never go home again. After more than a decade living abroad, Santiago returned to the Zapotec Sierra seeking the village of his childhood. Instead, he found abandoned houses, empty streets, and deserted farm fields. He felt that his community, his culture, and his home were all lost. Santiago’s sense of emptiness drove him to search for answers in his art. His current project, 2501 Migrants, expresses his response - a symbolic community of life-size clay sculptures in homage to those who left. He plans to repopulate his village one statue at a time. Like many migrants, Santiago survives by recreating memories of life back home. 2501 MIGRANTS tells his story and the stories of countless others.