Scene from the film Bankilal (The Big Brother)
Scene from the film Bankilal (The Big Brother)
Scene from the film Bankilal (The Big Brother)

Bankilal (The Big Brother)

  • Mexico
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The gods gave Manuel Jiménez a gift for words, which helped him become a Bankilal, that is, an “elder brother” of his community. His communal service consists in intervening, on behalf of his people, with the spirits and the forces that protect the universe, but also in ensuring that the inherited customs and practices of the original Tsotsil forefathers and foremothers may endure.


  • Original title
    Bankilal (El hermano mayor)
  • Direction
  • DOP
    Rafael Albarrán
  • Editing
    Luis Hermosilla, María Sojob
  • Sound
    Marcos Salazar, Sonido Urbano Estudio
  • Duration
    53 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Mexico
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • 65 Berlin International Film Festival, Berlinale NATIVe section
    • XVIII Valdivia International Film Festival
    • VI International Convening of Ethographic and Testimonial Film and Video
    • 69 Edinburgh International Film Festival
    • XII Morelia Indigenous Film and Video Festival
    • Indigenous Film and Video Screening “Comunidad-Home-Heimat
    • XIII FICMAYAB’ Indigenous Peoples’ International Film and Communication Festival
  • Awards
    • Best Documentary - 12 Indigenous Film and Video Festival - Michoacán 2016 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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