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Mur Murs celebrates the grand Chicano street murals of Los Angeles — an art form that became vital to Varda's experience of living in that city. She refers to these murals "animating" the architecture of her neighborhood. Characteristically, Varda digresses and tells many stories about the people and communities that created the murals. (1981, 85 minutes)
Another outcome of Varda's stay in L.A. was Documenteur, a tender fiction about a newly divorced mother and her child (played by Varda's own son) living a quiet life on the city's margins. The protagonist, played by Mur Murs co-editor Sabine Mamou, may be a stand-in for Varda herself, as she had recently separated from her husband. These two L.A. films are interwoven, filled with corresponding images and ideas. (1981, 65 minutes)