Day of the Dead is an exploration of All Souls’ Day, celebrated in Mexico on the first day of November.
The film examines the Mexican philosophy of death and the ways in which the people have come to terms with mortality. It shows the rich variety of folk-art objects made each year for the holiday as well as an intimate view of the traditions, rituals, and people involved.
Charles rarely talked about his time in Mexico in the 1930s, but in working on the project, he did recall how involved locals were in the festival.
The production of this film was sponsored by the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Guitar score by Laurindo Almeida.