Chick Strand, joint founder with Bruce Baillie of the Canyon Cinema cooperative in 1961, was a pioneering filmmaker with her poetic combination of documentary elements and experimental techniques. In the course of her 30-year career, she made several summer trips to Mexico, during which she made the ethnographic films that make up this session, some of the most important of the avant-garde cinema.
Most of the films that Chick Strand made between the sixties and eighties are made up of portraits of the people she met on her journeys around Guanajuato. The trilogy Anselmo, Cosas de mi vida and Anselmo and the Women (1966-1987) centres on the life of a street musician, his wife, his family, his children, social and identitary roles, and the exploration of cooperation and the couple’s emotions from an ethnographic viewpoint. Señora con flores is the last portrait Strand made before her death: in it we see her intense close-ups, the liveliness of her colours and the harshness of life, but we also feel the weight of memory and hear the voice of the woman with purple flowers of the title. This film, the loveliest that Strand ever made, was edited posthumously.
- Anselmo, 1967, 3 min
- Cosas de mi vida, 1976, 25 min
- Anselmo and the Women, 1986, 35 min
- Señora con flores, 1995/2011, 15 min.
16 mm screening.
Copies restored by the Acedemy Film Archive (Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences)