RMPBS Community Cinema: Las Marthas
90 Minute Running Time
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Screens Tuesday, February 4th at the Sie FilmCenter
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In the lingering aftermath of the U.S.-Mexico War, the border town of Laredo, Texas created an annual debutante ball unlike any other. Las Marthas follows two Mexican American girls carrying this gilded tradition on their shoulders during a time of economic uncertainty and tension over immigration.
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. The girls' attendants also dress as figures from America's colonial history and participate in traditional ceremonies.
The centerpiece of the festivities is the Martha Washington Pageant and Ball, when the girls are presented in elaborate dresses that take up to a year to create.
The celebration - which dates from the aftermath of the US-Mexico War and was shaped by the tensions following the influx of Anglo migrants to the newly American state of Texas - resonates anew in a time of economic uncertainty and political tension over immigration.
Still, the Washington Celebration has managed to persevere and even flourish, thanks in large part to the Mexican American girls who carry this gilded tradition on their young shoulders.
Post Panel Includes:
Dr. Ramon Del Castillo
Chair of Department of Chicano Studies/ Professor MSU Denver
Juana Bordas (moderator)
Founder, Circle of Latina Leadership
Executive Director of Latin American Educational Foundation