My Mexican Shivah

Passion River   (2007) / Region 1
My Mexican Shivah

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Set in Polanco, a Jewish quarter of Mexico City, My Mexican Shivah is a gentle comedy about how the death of a man results in the celebration of his life. Family and friends sit shivah for Moishe Szelewiansky, a much beloved patriarch, and suddenly all are to confront each other. Domestic crises escalate into a circus of conflicts and characters. Mourners include a Catholic ex-lover, an Orthodox ex-convict grandson, and a troupe of mariachi musicians. Commenting on the proceedings are two Yiddish-speaking spirits who make wry observations while accounting for Moishe's soul. Based on a story by Ilan Stavans, directed by Alejandro Springall and produced by John Sayles and Maggie Renzi, My Mexican Shivah - a festival favorite wherever it plays - features a musical score performed by The Klezmatics.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Jan 10 2013
  • Production Year 2007
  • Empire SKU 1639220
  • UPC Code 091037489999
  • Studio  Passion River
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


Features Not Specified


  • Audio
    Hebrew Dolby Digital Stereo
    Spanish Dolby Digital Stereo
    Yiddish Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)



  • John Sayles
  • Alejandro Springall
  • Maggie Renzi
  • Maite Arguelles

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