Juchitán De Las Locas
- Release Information
- November 15, 2002
- Montréal (Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire)
- Library and Archives Canada - Canadian Feature Film Database (LAC)
The Mexican town of Juchitán is located near the Guatemalan border. According to legend, the patron saint of Juchitán carried a bag filled with “queers” on his back. Everywhere he travelled, he left behind a homosexual. In Juchitán, however, his bag came undone, and they all fell out.
There are as many imagined queer paradises as there are queers, but at least in the southern Mexican community of Juchitán that paradise is an earthly one. Local legend has it that long ago, San Vicente Ferrer, patron saint of Juchitán, traveled across Colombia, Panama and Guatemala with a bag of homosexuals, scattering them as he went. When he reached Juchitán, his bag came undone and all the homosexuals left in his bag fell out there. Since then, the native Zapotec community of Juchitán has welcomed and nurtured homosexuals (known as “muxe” ) as a gift. Exploring the lives of many of the community’s queers, from teachers and peasants to drag queens and hustlers, Patricio Henríquez offers us a lively and thoughtful portrait of true diversity, tolerance and integration.
Source: Library and Archives Canada - Canadian Feature Film Database (LAC)