• Morelia International Film Festival

    Best Short Film Coeur
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  • ¡Viva! 28th Spanish & Latin American Festival

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Spanish with English subtitles

With Yan María Castro

In the late 1970s, Yan María Castro embarked on a pioneering endeavor by establishing the inaugural lesbian-feminist group in Mexico. Operating within an environment fraught with systemic discrimination and state repression, Yan María and her cohort embarked on a multifaceted campaign aimed at securing their rightful position within Mexican society.

This documentary chronicles the journey undertaken by Yan María Castro and her compatriots as they navigated the complexities of activism in an era marked by social upheaval and resistance. Through archival footage and insightful interviews, the film explores the strategies for challenging prevailing norms.

With a keen academic lens, the film explores the socio-political context that informed Yan María’s activism, at the intersections of gender, sexuality, and power. By shedding light on this pivotal moment in Mexico’s LGBTQ+ history, the film offers insights into the dynamics of social change and collective mobilization.


“Castillo’s film is such an important contribution to the queer canon. It takes us to a time when being lesbian in Mexico meant persecution, self-loathing, and rejection...The film leaves me asking questions, wanting to know more, and feeling dissatisfied with the lack of documentation and representation of queer women’s lives in Mexico.” – Jessica Wax-Edwards , Sounds and Colours

About the Director

Tania Claudia Castillo was born in Mexico City on March 13, 1989. She studied at the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica, where she specialized in Film Direction. She studied Cinematographic Script at the Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema in Lisbon, Portugal. Her short film Primavera was selected as one of the twenty best Mexican short films of 2015 by the Shorts México Film Festival and has participated in more than 20 film festivals. She is the founder and active member of the Frente Autónomo Audiovisual / Imáenes en Rebeldía collective, where she works as director and editor of various audiovisual works and documentary short films.