Oaxacalifornia: The Return


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Ticket Prices
General Public:$13.00 (+ $2 online fee)
Members:$10.00 (no online fee)
Film Info
Original Title:Oaxacalifornia: El Regreso
Premiere Status:Sneak Preview
Programs:Cine Latino
Women & Film
Spotlight: Common Ground
Women Directors
Culture & Society
Includes Q&A
Best of Fest Encores
Release Year:2021
Runtime:84 min
Print Source:212Berlin
Director:Trisha Ziff
Executive Producer:Alejandro Springall
Sylvia Stevens
Lawrence Davin
Producer:Andrew Houchens
Isabel del Río
Trisha Ziff
Cinematographer:Felipe Perez Bouchard
Mario García Joya
Seamus McGarvey
Screenwriter:Trisha Ziff
Jorge Marquez
Editor:Jorge Marquez
Composer:Jacobo Lieberman
Andrés Sanchez Maher


Sneak Preview

Best of Fest Encores

Your ticket includes a recorded Filmmaker Q&A following the film.

The Mejia family emigrated from Oaxaca to Fresno, California 40 years ago. Filmmaker Trisha ZIff filmed the family in 1996, and returns now to see the changes that have settled over them, and follows the family on their return to Mexico.

Fleeing drought and the lack of opportunity, the Meija family came to California and settled in Fresno in the early 1980s. When director Trisha Ziff first met the family in the 1990s, they were still very much a part of Mexico. But today, there’s a whole new generation, seven grandchildren who speak no Spanish and who consider California their home. Mexico is a part of their past, their traditions and imagination. When the three generations return to Oaxaca, is it a visit home, or simply a vacation? Issues of identity, community and country rise to the surface and force each family member to reckon with his or her own place in the world.

Director Biography

Trisha Ziff

Trisha Ziff is a UK-filmmaker, curator and Guggenheim fellow. She is the director of the documentaries Chevolution (2008), The Mexican Suitcase (La maleta mexicana) (2010), The Man Who Saw Too Much (2016) and Witkin & Witkin (2017), which screened at the 2018 MSPIFF.