Living Altars is a remarkably intimate short film by directing duo Peggy Peralta and Lourdes Figueroa portraying wearable Day of the Dead altars of two artists, Marie-Astrid Do-Rodriguez and Eli Reyes in their Covid-19 era living installations. The visually stunning film depicts the artists wearing their altars, created with mixed folk arts media while narrating stories of family, grief and consolation.
Do-Rodriguez and Reyes, folk arts teachers at Los Cenzontles Cultural Arts Academy in San Pablo, CA, could not create an in-person community altar because of Covid-19 restrictions. So the filmmakers were invited to create a film to convey their creative process and stories of loss, gratitude and healing.
Directed by Peggy Peralta (USA)