Brujos is written by Ricardo Gamboa and is co-directed by Ricardo Gamboa and Reshmi Hazra Rustebakke
A brujo is a sorcerer or witch in Mexican tradition; however, Gamboa insists that using the word superstition is a disservice. "There's an impulse to reduce other spiritual beliefs to the terms of western rationality and call something a superstition," Gamboa said. "Is gravity a superstition? Because we can't see it."
"The ideas of Brujos are sown into everyday life for Latinos," he said. "It's not uncommon for someone with a string of bad luck to say they have ojo, or for your grandmother to grab an egg and perform a blessing on you."
Gamboa's challenge has been finding funding for the project without sacrificing any creative control. He's passionate about remaining independent, and ensuring that queer people of color have the artistic helm. "You'll often see a white guy behind the camera because they're given certain resources and networks of support that are denied to socially marginalized groups," he said. "I don't see the industry trying to honestly include new people, without reducing those people to their terms. So what we have to do is support each other."
With bigotry sparking new headlines everyday within the Trump campaign, and with the loss of hundreds of queer men and women to gun violence in Orlando still fresh in our minds, Gamboa is aiming to provide more than fluffy entertainment. Brujos is an answer to hate speech and violence, and a call for young artists to produce.
"I work to make myself obsolete. My job is to get out of the way," Gamboa said, "the work I've done has paved roads, but I'm not going to be a toll booth to any young artists. My students will all be better directors, better teachers, better performers, better writers and better filmmakers than me, and that's what I want."
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Brujos is co-directed by Ricardo Gamboa and Reshmi Hazra Rustebakke and filming for the series will begin in November, employing over 30 queer artists of color. Interested persons can support Brujos by making a donation to the Indiegogo campaign.
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