Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 9:30 PM
Mariachis con pantalones (Mariachis With Pants) is the story of Mireya Ramos, singer, violinist, arranger, and founder of Grammy winning all-women Mariachi band Flor de Toloache, and the band’s vocalist and vihuela player, Shea Fiol. The film travels with the acclaimed musical group for performances in New York City, California, and India — all the while challenging stereotypes in the music world and beyond!
Working against the grain of deeply entrenched masculinities and nationalisms in traditional music, the women of Flor de Toloache wear pants instead skirts, don big flowers instead of wide-brimmed sombreros, and are not apologetic about wearing high heels or looking gorgeous! The band gives new meaning to traditional Mexican music and charro attire through their gender expression, diverse racial and national backgrounds, and daring contemporary musical fusions. Following the personal stories of key band members, the film takes us on a journey of passion, talent, and awe-inspiring struggle as the brava women of Toloache open doors for today’s and tomorrow’s artists and audiences.
- 2020 Philadelphia Latino Film Festival
- 2019 LOLA Award Honorable Mention
Director Sonia Fritz, longtime resident of Puerto Rico and an acclaimed name in contemporary documentary cinema, takes great gusto in telling the Flor de Toloache story, not least because it challenges traditions and mores of her native Mexico and its diaspora. Sonia’s rich filmography is known for tracking important and impactful stories at the intersections of culture, migration and gender.
MARIACHIS CON PANTALONES. 2019. Puerto Rico. 28 min. Spanish with English titles.
9:30 PM | Bronx Film Wednesdays Digital on BronxNet TV — This month’s films celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Hosted by Sonyi Lopez, featuring interviews with both musician Mireya Ramos and film director Sonia Fritz.
Also featuring shorts from 21 Islands International Film Fest:
Oslo. Director: Luis Ernesto Doñas. Cuba. 13 min
We’re Going To Paris. Director: David Norris. Puerto Rico. 9 min.
WAYS TO WATCH:
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Bronx Film Wednesdays (BxFW): Curated by film and media artist Melisa Ramos, this series screens new, little-seen, and standout indie films that you will love! Travel the world and open your mind to stories as wild and from as far as the imagination can go — romance, comedy, action, sci-fi, horror, fantasy, thriller, drama, music, sports, animation, documentary, and more! Carefully selected to illustrate cultural, aesthetic, and geographic diversity, each night includes specially selected features and winning films from our Bronx-based 21 Islands International Short Film Fest. Starting this month, BxFW goes digital in partnership with BronxNet Community Television, bringing its monthly screenings to online and cable television channels!