Press

NEW YORK TIMES

“a striking alternative portrait of border-town life…” – Christopher Kelly

 

NPR WEEKEND EDITION

“In the film, “Las Marthas,” Christina Ibarra introduces us to this tradition and to the Laredo teenage girls preparing to be presented into society” – Rachel Martin

 

NEW YORK TIMES

“Director Cristina Ibarra follows two debutantes […] as they prepare for this rite of passage” – Kathryn Shattuck

 

COLORLINES

“will make you think twice about the border, Latinas and class.” – Aura Bodado

 

INDIEWIRE

“Cristina Ibarra’s documentary explores this unusual tradition and how it contrasts with contemporary issues of immigration, class, race and the realities of Laredo and its sister city across the border in Mexico, Nuevo Laredo” – Alison Willmore

 

FILMMAKER MAGAZINE

“an unlikely and unexpected tribute to America’s founding father” – Lisa Y. Garibay

 

LA TIMES

“Debutantes play dress-up” – Matt Cooper

 

EXAMINER.COM

“A story of power and privilege, of old traditions and even older money…” – Mark McLaughlin

 

TEXAS MONTHLY

“This documentary reveals, over the years the storied debutante ball has come to reflect the border’s complex melding of identities rather than reject it” – Jeff Salamon

 

SAN ANTONIO CURRENT

“Las Marthas is so expertly told that by the end of the movie you’re at the edge of your seat.” – Enrique Lopetegui

 

EXAMINER.COM

“Lovingly put together… You’ll be enthralled.” – Wendy Kaufman

 

Esther Cepeda’s Syndicated Column

“We really uncover identity and meaning about the Latino experience…” – Esther Cepeda

 

JEZEBEL

“It’s also nice to have a documentary that explores the Mexican-American border through a different lens than its illegal drug economy.”

 

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KERA “THINK”