Las Marthas

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  • About the Film

    A debutante wearing an elaborate gown is seen from the back as she steps onstage.

    In the lingering aftermath of the U.S.-Mexican War, the border town of Laredo, Texas created an annual debutante ball unlike any other. Las Marthas follows two Mexican American girls carrying this gilded tradition on their shoulders during a time of economic uncertainty and tension over immigration.

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  • Filmmaker Explores Debutante Ball in Las Marthas

    Filmmaker Cristina Ibarra

    Filmmaker Cristina Ibarra talks about returning to her native Texas, where the Martha Washington Society debutante ball reflects Laredo's unique demographics, history, and location on the U.S.-Mexico border.

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  • Talkback

    Two men dressed in period costume as Miguel Hidalgo and George Washington.

    How connected are you and your community to the past — both local and America’s as a whole? Do you think debutante balls still have a place in modern culture?

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