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Wed, 28 May 2014 16:48:58 -0400
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Hi All,


I'm writing from Women Make Movies, the leading nonprofit distributor of
films by and about women. I thought the members of this listserv would
be interested in our newest release, LAS MARTHAS, a captivating
educational resource that the New York Times calls "a striking
alternative portrait of border-town life."  LAS MARTHAS is a fantastic
addition to classrooms, organizations and libraries focused on Latina &
Chicana Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Immigration, American Studies
and History. To celebrate this release, WMM is offering a special
promotion of 50% off a related collection when you buy LAS MARTHAS at
list price.*


I'm including some additional info on LAS MARTHAS and the related
special offer. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, and
thanks as always for supporting independent women filmmakers!





Unlike any other, the annual debutante ball in Laredo, Texas is part of
a lucrative month-long festival honoring George Washington's birthday.
LAS MARTHAS follows two young women as they prepare for this elaborate
rite of passage: Laurita, a 13th-generation debutante descended from
Laredo's original Spanish land grantees who questions debutante
society's class system geared toward girls like herself; and Rosario, a
high-achieving, Mexican-raised and U.S.-schooled outsider struggling to
understand the elite society's unspoken rules. 

Tracing the event's origins back to 1898, the film works to unravel why
a town like Laredo - with a population that is 98% Mexican - feels such
affinity for America's Founding Father. Despite history and all odds,
the celebration perseveres and flourishes thanks to the Mexican American
girls who wear this gilded tradition in the form of elaborate colonial
gowns. LAS MARTHAS is a beautifully drawn and sometimes humorous, coming
of age portrait of these two young women as they navigate this complex
tradition in a time of economic uncertainty and political tension over
immigration and border relations between the US and Mexico.


A film by Cristina Ibarra

2013, 69 minutes, Color, DVD, English/Spanish, Subtitled


Institutional Price: $395.00

DVD Rental Price: $150.00

K-12, Public Libraries, Community Groups: $89.00


Watch a clip: <>

Buy the DVD: <>


*Special Offer - 50% Off Related

To celebrate this new release, WMM is offering 50% the related titles
about Latinas in America when you purchase LAS MARTHAS at list price!
Choose from the films below that cover a wide array of issues facing
Latinas in America and U.S./Mexico border politics. 



An unprecedented and intimate look at the illegal and extremely
dangerous journey of three Salvadoran women to the U.S.



A video essay set in the Mexican-U.S. border town of Ciudad Juarez,
where U.S. multinational corporations assemble electronic and digital
equipment just across from El Paso, Texas.



An intimate portrait of migrant life along the U.S.-Mexican border, that
delves into the challenges faced by a community striving to maintain
their roots in Mexico, while pursuing the "American Dream" across the


This WMM classic title shows how women, despite their poverty, have
become an active and vocal part of the political and work life in both
Mexico and the United States.



The sequel to CHICANA, this film honors the achievements of five
activist Latinas and their contributions to key struggles for Latino
empowerment and other major movements of our time.


Use promo code LMARTHLS14 to apply your discount. Offer expires July 15,
2014. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Other exceptions may




All orders must be accompanied by an institutional purchase order or
Prepayment. Payment may be made by institutional check, money order, or
Visa and MasterCard.


Women Make Movies *115 W. 29th Street, Suite 1200, New York, NY 10001*

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Tel: 212.925.0606 x360 


Please let me know if you have any questions and thank you for your




Amy Aquilino

Women Make Movies

Distribution and Sales Coordinator 

115 West 29th St., Suite 1200

New York, NY  10001

(p)212-925-0606 ext. 305





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