Sergio Martín Novelo Barco, born 1980 in Catmis, Yucatán, México.
Film/video Maker: Indigenous Mayan of the Peninsula of Yucatan.
In 1998 I finished studies in the my Schooling, and after this I collaborated with Expresiones religiosas en comunidades mayas de Yucatan: Reunion regional en Manuel Cepeda Peraza; hanal pixan en Chacsinkín; and others, accomplishing documentary videos of several Mayan communities of the state of Yucatán.
I began my preparation as videographer by attending courses, symposiums and conferences about video production at in the Center of Indigenous Video of the Peninsula Yucatan. I collaborated in the production of 8 videos with other producers about Mayan community life.
I produced 10 institutional videos, and 3 works about different aspects of traditional celebration, identity and Indigenous communication of the Mayan Indigenuos communities of Yucatan.
I have shot 60 hours of different Mayan celebrations which are a mix at Mayan and Spanish traditions. In which Catholic beliefs in Saints and traditional Mayan Gods beliefs of grandparents and of the grandparents before.
I have presented my videos at traditional celebrations, and also in outdoor venues in different communities in Yucatan.
In 2002 and 2003 I edited the program Soft Geographies for presentation during the Regional Festival of Film and Video, in the city of Mérida, Yucatán.
During 2003 I was invited to be part of the jury in a youth video competition in the state of Yucatan.
I was jury member in the area of videos and community museums for the Program for the Municipal Indigenous Cultures and Communities in the 2003 edition for the Yucatan Peninsula.
Sergio Novelo Barco - 2002
About to the photo.
This photo is taken from the video KOTZ KAL TZO. FIESTA TRADICIONAL DE DZITAS, about the dance of the degollamiento (throttling) of the turkeys, which is a traditional activity that has been practiced for many years in this community. This celebration is constituted by three organizations, one of these being a cuches (chiefs) organization that is made up by 42 people who take care to organize the dance of the degollamiento (throttling) of the turkeys, the dance of the pig head and the one of ramilletes. One of these three organizations is a church organization and comprises some of the chiefs, who organize the rosaries, masses, unions and processions for these celebrations. These celebrations/dances are completed by an organization of which the municipal president is in charge to organize the actividadades (activity) of recreation. This is celebrated by popular dances, as well as the run of bulls, games (show/fair rides), etc.