Indigenous Stories from Mexico & Central America

Documentaries and fiction films about the lives of the indigenous people from the Rio Grande to the Darién Gap.

Documentales y películas de ficción sobre vidas indígenas, desde el Río Grande hacía el Tapón de Darién.

I've included a few Mexican classics, no matter how ridiculous they are, because it gives some decent context of how the rest of the country saw them at the time (see La India Maria or the brownface of Maria Candelaria). Making this also kind of reveals the absence in films from certain regions and people.

I'm not going to lie, I've seen like 5% of these so this is basically my own watchlist. Hit me up with recommendations and amendments. Especially for those from…

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  • Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians

    1

  • Mara'akame's Dream

    2

  • El Maíz en Tiempos de Guerra

    3

  • Lorena, Light-footed Woman

    4

  • Cochochi

    5

  • Tarahumara (Cada vez más lejos)

    6

  • The Infinite Race

    7

  • En el país de los pies ligeros

    8

  • Dream of San Juan

    9

  • Roma

    10

  • Nudo mixteco

    11

  • What do goats dream?

    12

  • Rain Town

    13

  • Tizoc

    14

  • The Brave Ones

    15

  • Your Lover

    16

  • Here on earth

    17

  • La Pluma del Quetzal

    18

  • Silvestre Pantaleón

    19

  • Barbarian Blood

    20

  • We Don't Play Golf Here

    21

  • Mexican Ritual

    22

  • Recovering Paradise

    23

  • Malinche's Dream

    24

  • Santo Luzbel

    25

  • Tlalocan, Under The City Of Gods

    26

  • Cantos Aztecas

    27

  • The Load

    28

  • La vírgen morena

    29

  • Yolik (despacio)

    30

  • Rehje

    31

  • The Brilliant Soil

    32

  • Eréndira the Untamable

    33

  • Whispers of the Lake

    34

  • Janitzio

    35

  • Maclovia

    36

  • Drought

    37

  • Los Ángeles

    38

  • Los Ángeles

    39

  • Guie’dani’s Navel

    40

  • Muxes

    41

  • Sad Happiness: Cinthya’s Transborder Journey

    42

  • Atempa, Dreams at the Side of the River

    43

  • Takeda

    44

  • La Balana

    45

  • People Of Wind And Sea

    46

  • Blossoms of Fire

    47

  • Juárez

    48

  • Zapata

    49

  • Viva Zapata!

    50

  • Sanctorum

    51

  • When I Shut My Eyes

    52

  • ( ( ( ( ( /*\ ) ) ) ) ) aka Echoes of the volcano

    53

  • Cho'l. El origen de la vida

    54

  • Lupita

    55

  • TOTE_Grandfather

    56

  • Eldest Brother

    57

  • The Sower

    58

  • Cascabel

    59

  • Balún Canán

    60

  • What Happened to the Bees?

    61

  • Campo 9

    62

  • La Laguna

    63

  • El Movimiento

    64

  • Juanita

    65

  • Cenote

    66

  • Shrines of Yucatan

    67

  • Tragic Jungle

    68

  • Mayan

    69

  • Alamar

    70

  • Nikté-Ha, Journey To The Mayan Waterworld

    71

  • Yochi

    72

  • The Chocolate Farmer

    73

  • Dust

    74

  • The Forgotten District

    75

  • El Norte

    76

  • 500 Years

    77

  • Mayan Renaissance

    78

  • The Earth Did Not Speak

    79

  • Our Mothers

    80

  • Granito: How to Nail a Dictator

    81

  • The Violence

    82

  • Where the Roads End

    83

  • La Llorona

    84

  • When the Mountains Tremble

    85

  • Las Cruces, poblado próximo

    86

  • The Autumn of the Ceibo Tree

    87

  • Tether

    88

  • Yaakunah, Love For Life

    89

  • Baktún

    90

  • Popol Vuh: The Creation Myth Of The Maya

    91

  • Ixcanul

    92

  • The Greatest House in the World

    93

  • The Return of Lencho

    94

  • The Good Christian

    95

  • Garifuna in Peril

    96

  • Berta Vive

    97

  • Spirit of My Mother

    98

  • Berta Didn't Die, She Multiplied

    99

  • Soul of the Sea

    100