Olga Nájera-Ramírez
April 5, 2011

Making this documentary has been an extraordinary and gratifying experience. Ever since I started dancing folklórico, I had a deep desire to learn more about this dance genre. When I met Rafael Zamarripa in 1976, his depth of knowledge inspired me to pursue my interest in dance.  In 1978, I enrolled in the dance program that he directed at the Escuela de Artes Plásticas de la Universidad de Guadalajara.

This documentary contributes to the scare, but growing, scholarship on folklórico dance. My goal in making this documentary was to tell the story about the emergence of folklórico dance and to promote an appreciation of this artistic form. I focus on Zamarripa because he is one of the few dance masters today who has a deep and intimate knowledge concerning the transnational development of folklórico dance. I chose to do a film because it was the best way to capture Zamarripa's story—his memories, his experiences and his artistic process. I knew that film would make this valuable information accessible to a broad audience. To date, there is no film on this subject.

Numerous people supported me during the production of the film. I truly appreciate all the assistance and encouragement I received from everyone but I am especially grateful to three individuals with whom I collaborated. Zamarripa for generously sharing his materials and his time, and for giving me complete liberty to develop the project in my own way; Russell Rodriguez, who started working as my research assistant but quickly became my steadfast collaborator, working as assistant producer, sound director, musician, and composer; and Marc Ramos for his patience, his creativity in the editing studio, but most of all for his kindness throughout. Thank you to all who made this film possible!