I just heard the sad news that filmmaker Sarah Minter has died. Sarah is best known for her semi-documentaries on the 1980s punk scene in Nezahualcóyotl, just west of Mexico City.
Since the 1990s, Sarah has been teaching and organizing workshops in the Escuela Nacional de Pintura, Escultura y Grabado, “La Esmeralda.” She has achieved international recognition for her films. In 2015, the MUAC hosted a retrospective of Sarah’s work.
A master of her craft and committed to her subjects, Sarah was also a friend to many. I had the pleasure of going to the movies with her and some mutual friends in 2011, and then developing our own friendship in recent years. When I last saw Sarah in October 2015, she was quite sick. As I reflect on our few encounters — a night out, a raucous birthday party, a conversation on a cloudy afternoon, I am grateful for a vitality that persists after Sarah’s death in the work she produced and the relationships she cultivated.