Using the images of one visual medium - film - Agnès Varda creates a lively optical homage to another - murals.
With a French title, “Mur Murs,” which is a pun translating to ‘whispering walls,’ Varda captures an unspoken-of history that is hidden in plain view.
That history is of chicanos, blacks, Indians, Asians, and every other ethnicity that makes up the multicolored palate of Los Angeles. While their stories might not appear in school syllabi, they are depicted in vibrant paintings that live on streets — neighbors to their subjects, and creators.
Varda, on her second Los Angeles sojourn - this time, living in Venice Beach - had originally traveled back to California to film a documentary about a…