Oak Cliff Film Festival 2018: Opuntia
Documentary Feature Competition
June 16, 2018
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Watch Opuntia, an entry in the Documentary Feature Competition at the 2018 Oak Cliff Film Festival on June 16 at El Sibil in Oak Cliff.
Mexico/USA, 60 min.
In 1528 Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca crossed the Gulf of Mexico on a raft made of melted armor and slaughtered horses. Over the next eight years, experiences with various Native American groups transformed him from conquistador to shamanic healer. When he returned to Spain he wrote La Relación, a chronicle of his experiences in the "New World". Using these writings and with help from a psychic medium, David Fenster (director) attempts to communicate with Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca through a prickly pear cactus, also known as Opuntia, the plant that saved him from starvation.
David Fenster will participate in a Q + A with artist and Nasher Sculpture Center educator Avi Varma following the screening.