They say that every seven years we essentially become new people, because in that time, every old cell in our body has been replaced by a new cell through a process known as autophagy.
Autophagy literally translates to “self-eating”, which got me thinking:
that I would eat away if I could?
What would I replace those ideas with?
Over the past year of deep self-reflection and throughout this residency, I’ve been working on a project called eat me!, a cinematic ritual towards self-actualization and growth.
Inspired by an Ecuadorian ritual of preparing and eating “guaguas de pan” or bread babies, as a way to mourn those we’ve lost, this short film is both a release and a rebirth. It’s an examination of the relationship between creation and destruction, a return to a creative process, and a move beyond my comfort zones towards a celebration of self-love.
Can’t wait to share myself with y’all!
David Francisco Mendizábal
P.S. Happy Pride!
edited by yee eun nam
music & sound design by mauricio escamilla
animation by jeromy velasco
dramaturgy by alexandra meda