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JUANITA

Directed By Ximena Amescua Cuenca

A glimpse into the everyday life of Juanita, a Mayan traditional doctor, midwife, nurse and activist. Leader of “The Awakening of the Women who Heal,” an organization of midwives in the Orient of Yucatan, Mexico. Juanita has dedicated her life to helping others with her gift for healing. The film follows Juanita as she redefines the meaning of ‘modern’ and ‘traditional’ medicine practices.

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Kóokay supports and empowers the association of traditional indigenous doctors “Organización Regional de Médicas Tradicionales del Oriente del Estado de Yucatán (ORMTY)” which is made up of midwives, sobadoras, herbalists and auxiliaries of health, that work in 5 municipalities of Yucatán: Chemax, Valladolid, Tekom, Tixcacalcupul and Chikindzonot.

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Ximena Amescua Cuenca

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Ximena Amescua Cuenca is the Artist Programs Coordinator at Firelight Media, fellowship programs that provide mentorship, funding, and access to first and second time filmmakers from racially and ethnically underrepresented communities. Since 2012, she has worked in various capacities within nonfiction film from editing and production to programming, outreach, communications and marketing at nonprofits working at the intersection of human rights, social justice and art. She is a Creative Capital “Taller for Latinx Artists” alumna and the director of the short-documentary JUANITA which had its premiere at the 2015 Margaret Mead Film Festival. Ximena is from Tijuana, Mexico, and holds a BA in Anthropology and Media Studies from Pitzer College, as well as a MA in Cinema Studies with a graduate certificate in Culture and Media from New York University.

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