Puntos de Vida (Threads of Life) is a 25-minute documentary shot entirely by the film’s subjects, a Maestra of arts and crafts and her two 15-year-old students exploring Mayan embroidery in Yucatan, Mexico.
The trio traveled in early March, days before the pandemic shutdown, to various Mayan villages to meet artisans working in their homes and shops. They reflect on their experiences with candor and insight while capturing vibrant colors and cultural life with sincerity and appreciation.
Through video and photography, James Hall specializes in documenting the stories of marginalized groups and of individuals, communities and organizations who are passionate about what they do and how they do it, and who strive to make a change in the world.
James Hall is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker, and has worked for diverse esteemed institutions over the last decade including National Geographic, Al Jazeera English, TIME Magazine, VICE Media, New York Times, SF Chronicle, Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting and others. The documentary short film “Toxic Tanneries” on the environmental and human toll of the leather industry in Bangladesh which he filmed (reported by Jason Motlagh) for Al Jazeera + was awarded Outstanding Feature for 2015 by the South Asian Journalists Association. He has worked extensively in South and Southeast Asia and Central America, and his work with nonprofit groups in these regions, such as CARE Int’l and Save the Children, was highlighted in a feature in Popular Photography Magazine.