This film is part of the 2017-2018 film series at the Schlesinger Library. This year-long film series will explore feminism and the fairy tale.
Presented by: Schlesinger Library
Admission: Free: No Tickets Required
Working along the fuming slopes of an active volcano (“ixcanul” in the Mayan language of Kaqchikel) and lush coffee forests of indigenous Guatemala, Maria lives in a land of ashes and hard labor. And fairy godmothers are few and far between. For in the forests along the volcano, the American Dream is itself a kind of fairy tale. And Cinderella stories—the kind that whisk you out of the hearth and into the hands of marriage—are as common as smoke and fire. Told through the lens of docu-fabulism, the film provides a challenging meditation on the fate of feminist politics—and fantasies—to come. This is the first film made in Kaqchikel.
Each evening’s feature will include a film short and brief introduction to the programming. Curated by Katie B. Kohn, a doctoral candidate in the PhD program in film and visual studies through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University.