Hecho en Mexico: MAMACITA

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First show: June 14

Director José Pablo returns to Mexico to fulfill his promise to his 95-year-old grandmother: to shoot a film about her life. An extravagant former beauty queen, Mamacita (Maria del Carmen Torrescano) established an empire of beauty and self-healing products and psychotherapy clinics for women in Mexico. But as José Pablo quickly discovers, all her efforts to help others could not heal the deep and dark wounds hidden within her own family. Sheltering behind the protective walls of her self-made kingdom, Mamacita surrounds herself with loyal servants: a gardener, chauffeur, chef, housekeeper and nurse, all who attend to her every need—but perhaps this is instead a self-made prison. With archival footage and interviews with his aunts and Mamacita herself, José Pablo begins to uncover the truth behind his grandmother’s questionable past, and must now face his own haunted history of growing up inside an of illusion of familial love.

Mamacita es una extravagante reina de belleza mexicana que vive en su reino en compañía de sus sirvientes. La mujer de 95 años ha convertido su casa en un castillo, ocultando las heridas abiertas de una familia mexicana de clase alta detrás de sus paredes de piedra. Cuando José Pablo viaja al extranjero para estudiar cine, Mamacita le hace prometer que volverá a México para filmar una película sobre su vida. José Pablo conquista el imperio de su abuela como un caballo de Troya, descubriendo los espíritus encantados de su propio pasado y la falta de amor que todo su clan ha sufrido por generaciones.

Directed by José Pablo Estrada Torrescano. Mexico. 2018. 75min. In Spanish with English subtitles.


Part of 2nd Annual HECHO EN MÉXICO Film Series

 

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