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Las Marthas

Cristina Ibarra

Las Marthas is a feature-length documentary revealing the Tex-Mex coming-of-age ritual of Society daughters. The annual debutante ball in Laredo, TX is unlike any other. Part of the largest celebration of George Washington’s birthday in the world, a select group of mostly Mexican American girls is presented dressed in lavish Colonial ball gowns. Their goal: to recreate a party hosted by Martha Washington, but this time set along the U.S./Mexico border. Las Marthas follows two of the girls as they prepare for this extraordinary rite of passage. Each girl’s legacy exposes a dressed up history, unfolding the layers of meaning of an invented tradition that is as constructed as the Mexican American border and a hoop skirt.

Project Updates

  • 2015: Ibarra’s Las Marthas receives a Cinema Tropical Award for Best US Latino Film

  • 2014: Las Marthas is available for distribution from Women Make Movies

  • 2014: Las Marthas premieres on PBS’s Independent Lens

  • Artists

    Cristina Ibarra

    Cristina Ibarra is a Chicana filmmaker who has been making award-winning independent films that explore the U.S.-Mexico border for the past fourteen …


  • Events

    Feb 24 – Mar 19, 2014
    Cristina Ibarra premieres her Creative Capital project "Las Marthas" on PBS' Independent Lens

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  • Project News

    Project Premiere: Cristina Ibarra’s “Las Marthas” at San Antonio CineFestival and Streaming on PBS Video

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