By custom, thousands of artisans in Mexico still use lead based glazes in their pottery without knowing the damage that this toxic element causes to their health.

Herlinda, an indigenous Purepecha potter, is one of the few artisans in her community who uses alternative lead-free glazes. Having achieved safer and healthier living conditions for her family, she faces the difficult task of finding a market for her impressive pieces.

But this does not dull her dreams of having her shop thrive and her brothers return from the United States to rejoin the family tradition.

An unexpected trip could crystallize this dream.



Data sheet
Feature Length Documentary
93 min.
Spanish, English and Purepecha

José Luis Figueroa Lewis
Sebastián Díaz Aguirre

Executive Producer
David Noé Figueroa Tagle

Omar Foglio Almada
Ana Paola Rodríguez España

José Luis Figueroa Lewis
Sebastián Díaz Aguirre
Lorena Fuentes Aymes

Director of Photography
Juan Eduardo Navarrete Pajarito

Still Photography
David Noé Figueroa Tagle

Sound Recorder
Gregory Daniel Rainoff
Ricardo Peterson Figueroa
Miguel Ángel Álvarez Cisneros

Sebastián Díaz Aguirre

Sound Editor & Mixer
Borja Sau Razquin

Musical Producer
Omar Foglio Almada

Production Assistants
Cynthia Landa Ortiz
Ricardo Peterson Figueroa
Miguel Ángel Álvarez Cisneros

Original Score
Serafín Teodoro Domínguez y los Ribereños de Jarácuaro
Alejandro R. Colella Forzatti
Orquesta Uapanikua
Phil Beaumont / little white teeth

Production Companies
Galatea audio/visual y FOPROCINE-México


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