The Film

La Vida y Los Muertos


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La Vida y Los Muertos is a visually rich film that captures the beauty, the joy, the sadness and the magic of the Day of the Dead in Oaxaca, Mexico. From elaborately decorated graves, to frightening demon dancers, to lavish home altars, and enormous sand paintings, the film takes you on a journey through the city of Oaxaca and five nearby villages during the days of the festival. Wandering through the festively decorated streets, homes and graveyards is like passing through hundreds of private conversations between those that are living and those that have passed on. Like the festival itself, the film comes alive as the music dances and interacts with the imagery in a joyous celebration of life.


Community Altar project

Remembrance and


This project was inspired by altar making traditions in Mexico for Day of the Dead but community and personal altars of remembrance are created all over the world.  We invited individuals, artists, students, friends, family, churches, hospice group and others to take part in a community exhibition. We were amazed at the level of interest in this project, thrilled by the number of people who wanted to participate, and deeply touched by how personal the work became see more


For a full list of Day of the Dead related activities happeing in Madison WI, visit the Remembrance Celebration Madison website:


School of Human Ecology
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison WI
October 22 - November 6, 2015

Members of the community are invited to participate in the Day of the Dead Festival by making a personal altar of remembrance and celebration.


Altar boxes availible for pick up at the Design Gallery of the School of Human Ecolgoy.

Altar Project Call for Participatoin 2018


To reserve an altar box, please contact:


Read more about the community altar project





Gallery Exhibition

La Luz y La Sombra



The beautiful video imagery from Day of the Dead in Oaxaca, Mexico floats as projection through multiple layers of fabric, each leaving traces of shadows upon the layer behind. Distinct and clear on the first layer, the projection grows larger and progressively more obscured by shadows of subsequent layers. Walking through and between the layers see more











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