Mariachi is an essential part of Mexican culture. It’s more than just music; it’s a lifestyle that views the world from a male perspective. The business is tough and women are seldom appreciated in this strictly male domain. Nevertheless, a handful of female musicians choose to be Mariachi. The first women mariachi band that formed in 1958 is still performing. And then there’s a band of young female musicians who struggle with family issues and their vocation. Against the backdrop of Día de los Muertos, director Doris Dörrie accompanies them to their performances on the streets of Mexico and throughout their daily lives, singing about death, love and poverty.
San Francisco: Jan. 31 as part of the Berlin & Beyond Film Festival.