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La Mami
IDFA 2019

La Mami

Laura Herrero Garvin
Mexico, Spain
2019
80 min
World Premiere
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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.

Credits
Director
Production
    Laura Imperiale for Cacerola Films,
    Patricia Franquesa,
    Laia Zanon for Gadea Films
Editing
Sound
    Eloisa Diez
    Eloisa Diez
Sound Design
    Victor Cuadros
    Victor Cuadros
Music
    Josué Vergara
    Josué Vergara
World Sales
    Dogwoof
    Dogwoof
Screening copy
    Gadea Films
    Gadea Films

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