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Erendira, ikikunari


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Product Details

  • Directors: Juan Mora Catlett
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Las Americas Film Network
  • DVD Release Date: December 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001MS7JEY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,038,797 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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ERENDIRA IKIKUNARI is a beautifully shot action film that recreates the 16th century legend of Eréndira, a young Purépecha woman who became an icon of bravery during the destruction of indigenous Mexico by the Spanish conquistadors. When the Spanish arrive, they take advantage of the discord and conflict among the Mexican natives, reaping the benefits of a region divided. Eréndira, a young Purépecha women on verge of marriage, refuses to allow her land to be destroyed and stands up to the social conventions prohibiting women to participate in battle. In the face of the invasion, she steals and learns to ride a horse against the Spanish, winning the respect of her tribal leaders. Along her amazing journey, she becomes a symbol of strength and resistance within her culture. This feature length film was shot entirely in the original Purépecha language.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pablo on September 22, 2011
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This is why I say that some movies play a didactic role. Thanks to this one, I learnt about that tarascan princess named ERENDIRA (means smiling morning in their language) who lived in the time when Spaniards arrive in Michoacán and she faced them as the most courageous of the male indian soldiers.
Ikikúnari means ''untamed'' and Eréndira, went to do something nobody has done before. She took a horse from the Spaniards and learn to ride it.
Doing this, she also learnt that without the horse, all Spaniards were just like them, only whiter, they were not giant monsters half horse and half man like some indians believe! In that time, there were no horses in México and it was a mystery surrounding the soldiers, who ran so fast with those four legs under them...
Eréndira was now at their own level. She could fight them now, but when she does and she proves her skills, her own people rejects her and it is then when she fights to death against the enemy.
Excelent piece from Juan Mora Catlett, who also made RETORNO A AZTLAN, both in the original prehispanic language.
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First, I love the style of this film. It uses drawings from the Codex Mendoza to change scenes and move the story along. I appreciate the attention to details and use of masks as a story telling cue for the audience. I'm excited to share this film with my friends who aren't necessarily into historical films but the story stands on its own. It is probably more suited to an intellectual crowd that would appreciate the storytelling style as much as the story itself.
Second, this story shares archetypical aspects with tales like Joan of Arc, Hua Mulan, and other strong female characters who have broken away from societal standards and embraced male warrior roles. Like Joan of Arc and Hua Mulan, there is historical evidence of her legendary stature even if the surviving ballads and poems are sometimes inconsistent or presented with exaggerated flair. In this telling, her story is very realistic and not dependent on supernatural influence.

By the way, this is the story of "Erendira Ikikunari," the tale of a horseback riding Purpechan warrior princess, not "Innocent Erendira". Some of the reviewers have confused them. These are different films!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ADRIAN HERNANDEZ on January 23, 2013
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ONE OF THE BEST PELICULA FOR MY RAZA!THIS IS ONE OF TWO MOVIES OF ARE HISTORY BY THE SAME DIRECTOR THE FIRST IS RETORNO AZTLAN A MOST SEE.IT'S TIME THAT MY RAZA START TELLING OUR HISTORY. AND NOT BY THE wasichu LIKE mel gibson WITH HIS FAKE HISTORICALLY INACCURATE APOCALYPTO.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wise old owl on May 2, 2014
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Garcia Marquez stories are rambling and unfocused. In his fiction, he atones for this by presenting exquisite details. The movie fails to present those details with the convincing magic of his prose. Instead you see a group of unskilled actors and extras in silly costumes, enacting a rambling, repetitive, tiresome story line.

This movie would be of interest only to historians of the Spanish conquest of South American Indians.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JBerry on June 25, 2010
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Erendira Ikikunari

They offer a free sample of the DVD - pretty useless - you get to see the credits and the titles, a meager sample of the sound track and almost no feel for the film itself. Don't waste your time with the sample. I'm ordering the actual film, when I have a chance to actually watch it - an actual review.
John D. Berry, Native Studies Librarian, U.C. Berkeley
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