The ancestry of Afro-descendant communities is eternalized in their traditions. In Telembí, Ecuador, the Day of the Dead Saints is a ritual in which the spirits of the ancestors are guided by the “animeros” (friends of the souls), spiritual guardians chosen by the community. Every November, families watch over an empty coffin that embodies all the souls. Songs and prayers go with the deceased wherever they may be.
Date: Friday, August 26
Location: Twilight Hall
Director: Ana Cristina Benitez
Producer: Ana Cristina Benitez, Gabriela Calvache
Length: 12 min