La Flaca (The Bony Lady)
- Official Website
- Portrait, Religion, Social Issues, Human Rights, and Minorities
LA FLACA is a film about Arely Vazquez, a transgender woman and leader of the Santa Muerte (Saint Death) religious movement in Queens, New York. During her yearly celebration to the Bony Lady ("La Flaca" as she likes to call her), Arely faces a lot of challenges to fulfill a promise she made ten years ago.
- Show treatment
Arely Vazquez's personal story as an immigrant and transgender woman is the starting point of the short movie "La Flaca", that attempts to show what the Santa Muerte (Holy Death) cult is about - a cult formed by those marginalized in our society. The movie blurs the line between documentary and fiction when bringing together real characters and events with a fictional plot, based on the day of the 9th Anniversary of the Santa Muerte. Arely gathers the devotees annually in a celebration through the night, idealized by her as a form of fulfilling her vows to the Skeleton Saint.
"La Flaca" is above all a documentary about the overcoming of prejudices and the breaking of tabus, that also questions social superficial morals. It is a movie about life, but it is also a movie about death - the death that is always just for she'll come to meet us all, sooner or later.
- Running time
- 20 minutes
- Chica Barbosa ... Director, Writer
- Thiago Zanato ... Director, Writer
- Prod. Co.
- Not for Sale Films
- United States
- Years of Production
- Queens, New York
- Release year
- Fribourg International Film Festival, Frameline, Outfest, Chicago Latino Film Festival, EncounKasseler Dokfest, Melgaço Documentary Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival,Guanajuato International Film Festival, Message to Man International Film Festiva
- Best Documentary Short Film - Tacoma Film Festival, Best Documentary Short Film - Seattle Latino Film Festival, Best Short Documentary - Latino & Iberian Film Festival at Yale Best Documentary Short Film and Best Short Film - FESAALP
- Kino Rebelde
- Spanish & English
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