37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

The Sower


Preceded by the short film Copan En Espera.

Amongst the mountains of Chiapas in Mexico,a rural multi-grade schoolteacher, Bartolomé, dedicates himself to sowing the seeds of learning. Through his years of teaching children of all ages,Bartolomé knows being an educator requires teaching that goes beyond strictly academics. The children of Monte de los Olivos even go as far as torefer to their teacher as a father figure and a beacon of hope. This quiet documentary explores the cultivation of a humanistic model of education rooted in curiosity and love for the outside world, expanding beyond the constraints of standardized curriculum. Discussion with directors Federico Cuatlacuatl (Coapan en Espera) and Melissa Elizondo (The Sower), moderated by Esther Poveda (UVA)

This film is part of the Indigeneity in Mexico Film series supported by UVA Arts: supported by the Office of the Provost & the Vice Provost for the Arts


Saturday, October 26


8:00 PM


Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

Film Info

Director: Melissa Elizondo

Runtime: 85 min.

Year: 2018

Country: Mexico

Language: Spanish

Accessibility: Subtitles