Mexico City is home to the legendary Barba Azul cabaret. In between their shifts of dancing and drinking with paying customers, the women head for the toilets to change their outfit, do their makeup and chat about life, under the watchful gaze of La Mami, who dishes out loo roll and advice with similar aplomb. For La Mami, “Men are only good for two things in life: absolutely nothing at all and to be relieved of their money.” Laura Herrero Garvín gives us a rare insight into the private domain of a suitably modest and infinitely wise matriarch as she aids and abets a group of courageous women determined to remain in control of their own lives.
Laura Herrero Garvín (Toledo, 1985) has a Master's Degree in Creative Documentary from Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. In 2010 she moved to Mexico to study film and work as a director and photographer. She was a member of the EmergenciaMX filmmaking collective and a founding member of La Sandía Digital audiovisual culture lab. Her debut feature, El remolino (2017), premiered at the Locarno Film Festival and has been screened at over 70 festivals worldwide.
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L'Alternativa - Premio Nacional