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There Are More Piñatas Than People in This Mexican Town

For more than 50 years, Francisco and his family have been making and selling piñatas. Although most of his colorful works of art end up being destroyed, Francisco finds happiness in bringing joy to the children of his community. Now, he continues his legacy by sharing his process with others from his small town outside Mexico City. In The Piñata King, filmmakers Paul Storrie, Chris Lee, and Charlie Kwai of Tripod City profile a town full of piñata makers—and the papier-mâché master who started it all.

Learn more about the making of The Piñata King in this interview with filmmaker Paul Storrie.

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