En Vida (in life) examines the notion of the body as a monument to the afterlife. The film depicts my family’s journey to exhume my great aunt’s remains in order to give her a final resting place.
Francisca Lopez passed having never married nor having children. She was laid to rest in a family gravesite in the small rural community of Samborondón, Ecuador. In the seven years since her death, her niece has sought to move her from this current location to a more private, permanent site for fear that eventually, her body would be at best a footnote in a large family of distant relatives.
En Vida has documented this movement and the politics surrounding the exhumation and what impact this has had on the family.