Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

La Mami

Year: 2019
Language: Spanish
Run Time: 82 minutes

La Mami
La Mami
La Mami
La Mami

At the Barba Azul nightclub in Mexico City, Doña Olga, a.k.a. “La Mami,” begins her shift with a prayer for her coworkers. Then she takes her seat in the corner of the women’s dressing room as a bevy of the club’s hostesses meticulously apply makeup and get ready for the night. Portioning sheets of toilet paper to distribute in exchange for tips, Mami quietly listens as the women chat about their lives. One hostess receives a phone call from her boyfriend, whom she describes as her “ticket out of poverty,” and claims she’s at work in a nursing home. Another seeks Mami’s guidance on the proper way to drink tequila. The new, apprehensive hostess, “Priscilla,” née Carmen from Tijuana, explains that she’s working to pay off her son’s hospital bills. The nights are long for the hostesses, tasked with dancing and drinking with the men in the club. Laura Herrero Garvin’s documentary, LA MAMI, endears viewers to the title character and these oft-overlooked women of her prayers. (In Spanish with subtitles) — E.B.

CIFF44 Screenings

Monday, March 30, 2020 at 2:15 PM

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 9:15 PM

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 11:00 AM -
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 10:00 PM

Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

Cinema en EspaƱol
Women of the World

Ad Hoc Docs Competition
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman


Laura Herrero Garvin

Laura Imperiale, Patricia Franquesa, Laia Zanon, Laura Herrero Garvin

Laura Herrero Garvin

Ana Pfaff, Lorenzo Mora Salazar

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