Words byВ Claudia G Covarrubias,В photos by RomГЎn NГєГ±ez
Editor: Vladimir Cortez
As part of the celebration of the Day of the Dead, Cine Bajo el Cielo
, a partner of Open Air Cinema Foundation, together with non-profit organizations Cambio de Juego, Pedaliers Desarrollo Ciclista, and Morbido, a horror film festival, organized a night bike ride and a screening of short horror films.
The films screened, Baskin
(2014) and Waterborne
(2014), were a selection of some of the most terrifying flicks international cinema has on offer these days. Zombie Kangaroo, hungry wolves and strange cults provoked screams and surprises among the spectators.
The Day of the Dead is one of the most emblematic celebrations of Mexico. The indigenous tradition is mixed with the Spanish one to celebrate the day when the dead come to visit us
. For three days, altars are covered with cempasГєchil, a Mexican traditional yellow flower, and food is placed to receive them and keep company toВ them.
Cyclists who participated in the bike ride were dressed as Skeletons, Catrinas, famousВ painter Frida Kahlo, comic filmВ actor Cantinflas ( Charlie Chaplin once commented that he was the best comedian alive). ... All theseВ characters that represent Mexico. The bike ride started in Parque de los Venados -- a park located in the south of Mexico City -- and continued all the way toВ the house fortress of Indio Fernandez, one of the most emblematic places of Mexican cinema. This is whereВ the horror shorts screening took place.
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Emilio Fernandez Romo, better known as El Indio, was director, actor and producer of the golden age of Mexican cinema. It is said that at the request of his wife, Dolores del RГo, El Indio posed naked to create the statuette that Cedric Gibbons was designing for the Oscars.
In 1945 El Indio began to built his house, a fortress where his remains lie, which is now a museum and cultural center. Each year the celebration of Day of the Dead is honoring the memory of him with a special altar and other altars for artists of Mexican cinema.
The screening was accompanied by burning candlesВ whichВ light illuminates the path of the dead for them to reuniteВ with us.
On that night,В atВ the screening of Cine Bajo el Cielo, El Indio and other stars of Mexican cinema were watching horror shorts with us.