Blossoms of Fire

An earnest celebration of strong womanhood, this documentary by Maureen Gosling and Ellen Osborne explores the Zapotec town of Juchitan, in southern Mexico, where men and women have been equals since pre-Columbian days. Ethnographic segments about the natives' daily life are bridged by expressive folk songs, though the film digresses to consider colonialism, homosexuality, and the effects of globalization on indigenous cultures. Gosling's schoolmarmish narration betrays the filmmakers' awestruck naivete toward the culture, which they seem to consider some sort of matriarchal utopia. 75 min.

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