Created Equal Film & Arts Series

Coco Film and Discussion

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Visually stunning and emotionally gripping, the animated film "Coco," inspired by Dia de los Muertos, explores the intersections of family, culture, life, and even death. A celebration and commodification of Mexico’s rich cultural traditions, "Coco" not only invites viewers to share in the wonder and meaning of the holiday. This film also enables viewers to better understand and address pressing issues affecting Arizona and the nation, including immigration and recent government actions that simultaneously disarm and provoke.

About the film:

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets the charming Hector, and together, they set off on a journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history.


Manuel Aviles-Santiago, PhDManuel Aviles-Santiago, PhD
Associate Professor, Language and Cultures,
College of Integrative Sciences and Arts;
CSRD Affiliate Faculty
Arizona State University
Anita Huizar HernandezAnita Huizar-Hernández, PhD
Assistant Professor, Border Studies
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
University of Arizona
Mathew Sandoval, PhDMathew Sandoval, PhD
Honors Faculty Fellow, Barrett, the Honors College;
CSRD Affiliate Faculty
Arizona State University
James Wermers HeadshotModerator
James Wermers, PhD
CSRD Faculty Fellow;
Digital Humanities Course Manager,
College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Arizona State University


ASU Downtown Phoenix  ASU Health North Building (NHI)
Health North, room 110 (NHI 110)
550 N. 3rd St.  Phoenix, AZ 85004

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Volunteer at the "Coco" film and discussion.

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Volunteer Information:

  • Each volunteer shift is a minimum of 1 hour
  • Volunteers may sign up for multiple shifts
  • CSRD will sign off on community service/volunteer paperwork or write letters on your behalf
  • If these shifts do not fit with your schedule, please contact the CSRD at or call 602-496-1376 to arrange a custom volunteer schedule

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Friday, September 14, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

ASU Downtown Phoenix
Health North, room 110
550 N. 3rd St., Phoenix