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  • 75 min
  • Documentary
  • Spanish
  • Germany, Mexico
  • 2018
A filmmaker fulfills his promise to make a film about his 95-year-old grandmother, showcasing her big personality and along the way uncovering the source of deep familial wounds.
About The Film

Mamacita is a force of nature: businesswoman, former beauty queen, mother and grandmother. She built her family’s wealth by spearheading an enormous Mexican beauty empire. Now at 95, this matriarch remains as strong-willed and impassioned as ever. Accustomed to the spotlight, Mamacita is overjoyed when her grandson, Jose Pablo Estrada Torrescano, finally agrees to fulfill his promise to make a film about her.

In his debut feature, Torrescano crafts a beautifully complex and honest portrait of his grandmother, shot primarily in Mamacita’s extravagant home. Great attention is paid to the ornate details that help conceal deep familial wounds. The film's strength lies in the relationship between Torrescano and Mamacita and the realizations the filmmaker makes about their similarities and ways in which they open each other's eyes to newfound emotional awareness.

- Stephanie Owens, Associate Programmer

Q&A with cast and crew will immediately follow this screening, schedules permitting.

  • José Pablo Estrada Torrescano
  • José Pablo Estrada Torrescano
  • Arne Birkenstock
  • José Pablo Estrada Torrescano
Production Company
  • Fruitmarket
  • Juan José Pablo Sánchez Tamez
  • Mechthild Barth


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