The announcement follows Netflix's acclaimed black and white Mexican movie "Roma," filmed in Spanish and indigenous Mixtec
, which won three Oscars last month.
A foreign language film told through the eyes of a family maid Cleo and spoken in Spanish and in the indigenous language of Mixtec
, it picked up three Oscars at the latest Academy Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles.
The film, shot in a mixture of Spanish and the indigenous Mixtec
language, had earned a total of 10 Oscar nominations, and is the crown jewel in Cuaron's already illustrious award-winning career.
In an interview, Cuarn praised Netflix for giving his movie the unlikely life it's had: "It's a Mexican film in Spanish and Mixtec
with no recognizable actors when it was done.
Set in the period 1970-71 in "Colonia Roma," a neighborhood of Mexico City, "Roma" revolves around the life of Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), an indigenous Mixtec
woman who works as a maid in an upper-middle-class household of the physician Antonio (Fernando Grediaga) and his wife, Sofia (Marina de Tavira).
Among their topics are from "rich plumes" to war accoutrements: feathered objects in the Codex Mendoza and their extant representatives, cultural and historical implications of non-destructive analyses on Mesoamerican codices in the Bodleian Libraries, Maya literary traditions and present-day concerns: an Indigenous reading of ancient manuscripts, chronological correlations between Aztec and Mixtec
history, and reading Mixtec
manuscripts as ceremonial discourse: historical and ideological background of Codex Anute (Selden).
(66) For example, scholars at the National Museum of Ethnology in Leiden, Netherlands, recently analyzed a skull decorated with a mosaic of turquoise, which the museum had purchased in the 1960s as an 800-year-old product of the Mixtec
culture of Mexico.
Working against it: It's a foreign language (Spanish and Mixtec
) movie shot (by Cuaron) in (shimmering!) black and white and released by Netflix.
The two rounds featured problems about Gilbertese, Northern and Central Pame, Albanian, Palauan, Vietnamese, the N'ko script, Menya, Chalcatongo Mixtec
, Sinhalese, Nivkh, Fijian, Tamil, Beja, as well as more computational problems such as synchronic context-free grammars and tokenization, semantic ambiguities, phonological assimilation, and shift-reduce parsers.
Half an hour away by car (most hotels can put guests in contact with safe, reliable, English-speaking drivers with whom travelers can arrange reasonably priced excursions) is the ancient city of Mitla, which functioned as a religious center for the Zapotec civilization, which predated Christ by centuries, and later for the Mixtec
people, who ruled the area until they were conquered by the Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century.
The reviewer found himself asking: What happened to the Mayan, the Purepecha, Zapotec, Mixtec
, and other great Mexican states in MacLachlan's Indo-Mexico construct?