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26th International Film Festival

for Children and Young Audience

9 – 16 OCT 2021

Mezquite's Heart

Original title: Corazón de Mezquite
German title: Mezquites Herz
74 min
Children´s Film
from 8 years
2020 | European Premiere
Direction: Ana Laura Calderón


2020 | Children´s Film

Additional Information

Lucía belongs to the Yoreme people and lives a secluded life with her father, a harp player, and her grandparents in a small village in Sonora, Mexico. Lucía’s father Fidel cannot get over the death of his wife and drowns his grief in alcohol. The little girl’s biggest wish is to play the traditional harp like her father, to touch his heart and be loved by him again. However, according to custom, women are not allowed to play the harp, as the instrument is similar to the female body, which is reserved for men. Lucía’s grandfather is the only one who sees his granddaughter’s longing and begins to secretly give her lessons. Lucia practices devotedly and passionately. Even in her dreams her fingers dance across the strings of the harp. When her father is taken to hospital after a racist attack and cannot play the harp in his band, the girl seizes her chance.