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From Retiro (2019), dir. Daniela Alatorre (image courtesy Cinema Tropical)

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Cinema Tropical and New York University’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies have teamed up to present a new online film program, MexDocs, which features a curated selection of recent Mexican documentaries. Each of the films in the program “offers a nuanced perspective on contemporary Mexico by delving into the different social, political, and cultural issues currently at play in the country, with a particular emphasis on narratives of womanhood and indigenous resistance.”

Maricarmen follows a blind musician who’s fought hard to live independently. Cuando Cierro Los Ojos (When I Shut My Eyes) features two unjustly incarcerated Indigenous women who both had to face the justice system without the aid of interpreters. Retiro (Retreat) joins a grandmother and granddaughter as they and thousands of other women embark on a Catholic pilgrimage in the mountains. And ¿Qué les Pasó a las Abejas? (What Happened to the Bees?) explores how the use of chemicals has harmed the bee population in the state of Campeche.

Each of the films will be available to rent via Vimeo. Cinema Tropical will also be hosting a live panel discussion with the featured filmmakers on its Facebook page on December 11 at 5 pm EST.

When: December 10–16
Where: Online

More info at the Cinema Tropical website.

Dan Schindel

Dan Schindel is Associate Editor for Documentary at Hyperallergic. He lives and works in New York.