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Matriarchs have assembled around a backstrap loom, a pre-Hispanic technique preserved by indigenous women of Mesoamerica. Unfolding like a weaving of figures and the gestures making up this labor, the film circulates between a domestic space, an archaeological museum, and a weavers’ cooperative.
Produced at Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab (Leviathan, Manakamana), La Libertad dives into a matriarchal universe and knits a rich portrait of female independence. Through the exploration of an ancestral craft, Laura Huertas Millán’s film quietly challenges our idea of freedom.