Ray & Charles Eames – Day of the Dead

All Souls’ Day a.k.a. Día de los Muertos is coming. It’s always a great time to watch the 15-minutes film from 1957 by the Eames’ office about the traditional Mexican celebration of death including crafts, food and toys with your kids.

I really like the special tone of the movie: photographies (by Susan and Alexander Girard) and calm guitar music (by legendary Brazilian guitarist Laurindo Almeida) alternate with filmed scenes of a paper toy parade and authentic street music. After a general introduction in the Day of the Dead ceremonies, there is the example of a young girl whose dead and traveling spirit is carefully celebrated by her family and friends. The movie can be a good reason to discuss death, what might come after and what can help us to deal with it with children – or you can just enjoy the beautiful Mexican sugar crafts together.