Whitman student's documentary sheds light on lives of indigenous women of Mexico

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WALLA WALLA -- A Walla Walla native and soon-to-be Whitman College graduate will be presenting Wednesday an original documentary on the lives of indigenous women in Mexico.

Jazmin Lopez, class of 2010, is the first generation of her family to attend college. She has produced "La mujer mixteca," a short documentary on the women of her parents' native village in Oaxaca, Mexico.

The film screens at 7 p.m. in Olin 130 at the college. It is free and open to the public, with a question and answer with Lopez following its conclusion.

Lopez spent the past two and a half years producing the film during breaks and vacations. The film has been pre-screened at international and national conferences and film festivals. Wednesday's screening will be the first on the Whitman campus.

Lopez is a Spanish major at Whitman. She graduated Walla Walla High School in 2006 and was accepted to Whitman on scholarship. Her documentary focuses on four elder Mixtec women sharing their lives in Mixteco, an indigenous language.

Associate Professor of Spanish Nohemy Solorzano-Thompson said Lopez's documentary is one of a few to ever track the lives of Mexican indigenous women of the Mixtec region, and to feature the women telling their own stories in their own language.

The Mixteco language and culture itself endangered by the Mexican state, globalization, and the Spanish language, Solorzano-Thompson said.

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