Local coming-of-age doc stands out in Watsonville Film Festival lineup
When acclaimed Watsonville filmmaker Consuelo Alba witnessed her first Xilonen ceremony as an adult in the Pajaro Valley, the indigenous dancing and drumming rituals immediately resonated with her. She sensed right away that the pre-Hispanic rite of passage was just the sort of ceremony she would have loved to experience as a girl.
“I first heard about it and was really intrigued,” says Alba. “It took me a couple of years to attend and then I was blown away.”