So, you've never heard of Día de los Muertos, then?
I am a Spanish teacher at a Durham high school. I struggle every year with ways to convey culture to my students in ways that are meaningful and relevant. I've had to repeat myself until I'm blue in the face that Mexico's Día de los Muertos is NOT just their version of Halloween.
The arrival of this video was a massive breath of fresh air in not only capturing a wonderful song (one of my favorites from their album) but my ability to end the discussion of Day of the Dead with a relevant -- "Wait, they're from Durham?" -- and beautifully choreographed illustration of the concept behind the holiday: remembering our deceased loved ones with joy instead of heartache. That last shot of the living still dancing perfectly evoked the beliefs and customs of Mexicans this time of year. Every Spanish teacher I've shared this with has reacted enthusiastically and praised it.
All the small touches to echo the holiday made for excellent commentary as well, from the band members' painted faces in the classic calavera style to the marigolds and roses in the girls' hair (marigolds are the flower of the dead to ancient Aztec tradition). You may not care for the band or their music, but you totally missed the point that this video presents.
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