In the ancient Totonaca culture, in Mexico, men used to perform a ritual for fertility known as a “Papantla Fly.” Five men climb up a center pole over 90 feet tall. As they reach the top, one man (the caporal) stands in the center, on top of the pole, and performs a ritual flute and drum song. The other four men launch themselves, tied with ropes that have been tangled to the center pole, to slowly descend back to the ground. In an effort to keep the tradition alive in the Totonaca groups, there are “voladores” classes. However, children go to school in the mornings and have to work the fields in the afternoons and weekends. The families can’t afford for the child to skip work in the fields, and the gear needed for “flying” is pricy; just the boots are $20, which is usually how much the entire family makes in two weeks.
We want to tell the true story of Héctor, an 11-year old boy, who wants to be a volador. As much as his family would love to support him, they can’t afford the cost. Héctor won’t give up and will do anything to achieve his dream of “flying."