SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 2022 AT 5:30 PM – 10 PM
Los Guardianes del Maíz
Brava, 2781 24th street, SF.
Los Guardianes del Maíz is an evening of food, film & community to benefit Brava! for Women in the Arts.
The evening opens with a limited-seating, pre-performance reception in Brava’s Lobby featuring Oaxacan dishes from award-winning Bay Area chefs and mezcal tasting.
Followed by screenings of Gustavo Vazquez’s documentary film “Los Guardianes del Maíz” and directors Mateo Hinojosa and Rowen White’s 7-minute short, “Seed Mother: Coming Home.” The screenings will be directly followed by the panel discussion “Keeping Native Corn” with the filmmakers and Chef Dominica Rice-Cisneros of Oakland’s famed restaurant Bombera.
5:30PM – RECEPTION IN BRAVA’S LOBBY
Dine on Oaxacan dishes from award-winning local chefs Dominica Rice-Cisneros of Bombera, Rosa Martinez of Origen, Francisco Camacho and Eduardo Antonio of Café de Olla, Val Cantu of Californios, Isai Cuevas of Donají, and Emmanuel Galvan of Bolita Masa. The food will be accompanied by a mezcal tasting sponsored by chefs Jorge Martínez and Lorena Zertuche of Lolo.
7:00PM – SCREENINGS OF LOS GUARDIANES DEL MAÍZ and SEED MOTHER
Join us for the screening of Gustavo Vazquez’ documentary film Los Guardianes del Maíz (Keepers of the Corn) the story of native corn told by the indigenous farmers, artisans and cooks in Mexico whose ancestors shepherded the ever-evolving seeds from the dawn of agriculture into the 21st Century. These voices are joined by community leaders, scientists, chefs, and others whose knowledge and activism stand not only in defense of food sovereignty and the genetic integrity, diversity, and community ownership of native seeds, but in defense of a durable cultural legacy and a way of life. In Spanish, Zapotec and Chinantec with English subtitles (Vazquez & Barbieri, 2020, 60 min.). Proceeding the film is the 7-minute short, Seed Mother: Coming Home, a poetic embodiment of the Indigenous Seed Rematriation movement from directors Mateo Hinojosa and Rowen White.
8:15PM – PANEL DISCUSSION “KEEPING NATIVE CORN” WITH Q&A
Open to all ticket holders, the panel discussion “Keeping Native Corn” features panelists: Dominica Rice-Cisneros – Chef of Oakland’s famed restaurant Bombera; Yira Vallejo – Associate producer and founder of Maíz Nation; Jonathan Barbieri – Artist and Executive Producer Los Guardianes del Maíz; and Gustavo Vazquez – Independent filmmaker/Professor Film & Digital Media UCSC.
Moderated by Chelis Lopez – Journalist/Radio Bilingüe, Indómitas podcast and Pájaro Latinoamericano.
$75 VIP Ticket – includes reception along with the film screenings and panel discussion.
$20 General Admission – screening and panel discussion only.