With director Cristina Ibarra in person
Winner of Best U.S. Latino Film at the 5th Annual Cinema Tropical Awards
Dir. Cristina Ibarra. U.S. 2014. 68 min. In Spanish and English with English subtitles. In 1939, the Society of Martha Washington was founded to usher each year’s debutantes (called “Marthas”) into proper society at the Colonial Pageant and Ball in Laredo, Texas. Celebrated as “a striking alternative portrait of border-town life” (The New York Times), the film follows two Mexican-American girls carrying this gilded tradition on their shoulders during a time of economic uncertainty and tension over immigration.