Hecho en México: PLAZA DE LA SOLEDAD
May 12 only
Age does not daunt the women in PLAZA DE LA SOLEDAD, who inhabit Mexico City as sex workers. Maya Goded interviews a swath of middle-aged women whose life experiences prove to be as much a mosaic as Mexico itself. They view their professions as a livelihood through which they maintain ownership of their destinies by their own means, avoiding machísmo’s influence to a certain extent. They radiate femininity amid their joys and hardships, and command it in dances and seduction techniques they render for men in vulnerable or low places. They support each other, and persist through the trials they face in their caste. Each person before the camera illuminates the tough lifestyle she lives and the thick skin she’s grown in order to survive. Goded empowers the women in the film as they speak for themselves and about themselves in their cultural microcosm.
Después de veinte años retratando a las prostitutas de la Plaza de la Soledad, en La Merced, barrio del centro histórico de Ciudad de México conocido como zona de prostitución desde la época azteca, la fotógrafa Maya Goded convierte su obsesión en un documental que cuenta las historias detrás de estas mujeres. La Plaza de la Soledad es un grito por dignidad, y una búsqueda por la igualdad y respeto que todos merecemos, en especial para las niñas, jóvenes y mujeres mayores que se dedican a la prostitución. Es un documental que retrata las historias de personas vulnerables, y valientes, que al final sirve como un objeto cultural esperanzador.
Directed by Maya Goded. Official selection, Sundance Film Festival 2016. 85 min. In Spanish and Mixteco with English/Spanish subtitles.
Part of HECHO EN MÉXICO
Hecho en México includes some of the most acclaimed and striking documentary films from Mexico in recent years. The series explores the role that cultural and social values play in the memory, identity, and resilience of today’s Mexican society, delving into themes of adaptation and resistance in the face of adversity. From the trauma of drug-war related violence, to the challenges of extreme environmental conditions and the daily struggles of indigenous peoples, these films provide a portal into real Mexican lives, telling compelling stories and illustrating social challenges in the best tradition of documentary filmmaking. Outside of a few film festivals, these films have never been shown in the United States.
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