Created by Gabriela Badillo, the exciting series of animated short films 68 Voices, 68 Hearts (68 voces, 68 hearts) retells indigenous tales narrated in their native tongues. Created in 2013 under the premise that no one can love that which they do not know, this series has produced 36 short films so far, with the goal to cover Mexico’s 68 linguistic groups, representing 364 linguistic variants in eleven linguistic families, including Otomi, Tohono O’odham, Huichol, Tarahumara, Nahuatl, Mayan, and Mixtec.
Based on the work of authors like Miguel León Portilla, Andrés Henestrosa, Hermenegildo López, Isaac Esau Carrillo Can, Manuel Espinosa Sainos, among others, as well as oral traditions and stories, 68 Voices, 68 Hearts represents a search for a reinterpretation of Mexican culture through local animators and illustrators.
Below are some select short films from the collection with English subtitles. To watch all of the 36 completed short films visit the project’s official website.
P.S. Don’t forget to activate the subtitles (in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Russian) by clicking “CC” (Closed Captioning) on the videos.
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