Cristina Ibarra I Las Marthas
RELEASED FEBRUARY 3rd 2014 I 70 MIN
Las Marthas aired on Independent Lens in February 2014. Las Marthas is an hour-long PBS documentary that follows our country's largest celebration of George Washington’s birthday in Laredo, Texas – a mostly Mexican American border town. Every year, the local Society of Martha Washington invites its eligible teenage daughters to debut at a Colonial Pageant & Ball, each girl dressed in an elaborate gown portraying a figure from the American Revolution. The program follows several Society daughters and an elite dressmaker as they prepare for this extraordinary rite of passage. For more information, check out the following websites: www.undocumentedfilms.com and web.me.com/cruda/cristinaibarra.com/Las_Marthas.html
Based in New York City, Chicana filmmaker Cristina Ibarra grew up along the U.S./Mexico border between El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico. Her hour-long PBS documentary collaboration, The Last Conquistador, had a national broadcast on POV. Her award-winning short film, Dirty Laundry: A Homemade Telenovela was broadcast on the PBS series ColorVision. Latino Public Broadcasting commissioned her short, Grandma’s Hip Hop, and the New York International Latino Film Festival featured her promo Wheels of Change. She’s a founding member of fulana.org, a Latina interdisciplinary collective, where she collectively created award-winning shorts such as Latino Plastic Cover, Lupe & Juandi From the Block and Amnezac. Cristina is fluent in Tejano Spanglish. Finally, check out the conversation series that features Cristina in Filmmaker Magazine in honor of POV's 25th anniversary.