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Wednesday, April 1, 6:00pm

Harkins Tucson Spectrum 18



Mexico/Spain, 2019, 1 hr. 22 mins.

Producers: Patricia Franquesa, Laura Imperiale, Laia Zanon, Laura Herrero Garvín

Director: Laura Herrero Garvín

Cinematographer: Laura Herrero Garvín

Editor: Lorenzo Mora Salazar, Ana Pfaff

In Spanish with English subtitles

“In the Barba Azul Cabaret in Mexico City, the women dance and drink with the men who can afford it. In the little restroom upstairs, Mami looks after them at the start and end of their shifts. As long as Mami gets her tip, she looks after the bags, makes sure there’s enough toilet paper, and is always ready for a comforting or supportive heart-to-heart. She’s quick to deliver one of her idiosyncratic maxims, such as, ‘Men are only good for two things: for nothing, and for money.’ This intimate documentary is largely set within the four walls of Mami’s domain. Among the girls and women putting on their makeup in front of the mirrors, we principally follow the newest dancer, Priscilla. She started dancing at the cabaret so she can afford to pay the hospital bills for her 22-year-old son, who has cancer. For her, and many of the other women, Mami’s room is a safe haven remaining in a nocturnal world that’s being transformed.” — International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam


Official Selection, DOC Fortnight MoMA, 2020

Official Selection, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, 2019


Superb —Variety

Illuminating tribute to hard-working ladies of the night. —The Hollywood Reporter

Tucson Cine Mexico tickets are always free. Please note that when you reserve a ticket, it does not guarantee a seat. Seats will be allocated to ticket holders on a first-come, first served basis. It's not necessary to get a ticket but note that non ticket holders will be seated after ticket holders. 

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