An oaxacan immigrant proudly wears his mitt decorated with the United States flag during a game in the fields of Fresno, California.
75 minutes / Colour / 2018
Directed by
Daniel Oliveras de Ita

Country of production Mexico

“Pasajuego” is the name of the court where Oaxacans play the ancient indigenous ball game of Pelota Mixteca. Today more than two million people from the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca live in the USA, where their ballgame is beginning to take root. In this beautifully shot film, the practice of Pelota Mixteca acts as a window to look through the lives of the Oaxacan people as they migrate away from their home. The shifting contexts in which the game is played illuminate the diverse experiences of migration, and the ability of Oaxacan people to recreate their communities and culture wherever they settle.

In the 2019 RAI Film Fest Material Culture

Language and subtitles Spanish English Zapotec

Location(s) depicted Mexico United States

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