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Juárez joins in Mexican protests of violence against women and girls

CIUDAD JUAREZ – Protesters in Ciudad Juárez joined others across Mexico on International Women’s Day in marching to demand justice amid escalating violence against women and girls.

About 500 demonstrators gathered at the Paso del Norte Bridge ahead of the march through downtown Juárez to remember missing and murdered women and girls in El Paso’s sister city.

Speakers called on the mayor of Juárez and governor of Chihuahua to do more to protect women and girls.

“This is for the families whose daughters are missing. This is for families in this city that has suffered for more than 30 years with femicides,” said Jessica Morales, an organizer with Pan y Rosas.

Some murders date back decades and others are recent as Juárez copes with a new spike in violence. The vast majority of the killings, like most violent crime in Mexico, are unsolved and unpunished.

Last year alone, 3,000 women were murdered in Mexico, with at least 1,000 defined as “femicides,” or killing women because of their gender, according to the federal government.

Juárez remains notorious for its murdered women even as the city also became known for a brutal drug war that claimed the lives of thousands of men as well.

Lucia Marcial Mulato, 35, said last year the bodies of four women were dumped in her working-class neighborhood.

“It’s very sad. We don’t want that to happen to any more women. We deserve respect and demand security,” Marcial Mulato said.

She did not go to work at a maquiladora on Sunday so she could attend the women’s march. She said it was the first day in seven years she has missed a shift.

On Monday, thousands more women across Mexico plan to miss work. A “Day without Women” is planned to protest violence targeting women and girls.

Many of the women and some men demonstrating on International Women’s Day brought their children to the march in Ciudad Juárez. Several pushed baby strollers. Maria Gomez Hernandez said it was especially important for her 7-year-old daughter Angelica to participate.

“This is for her,” Gomez Hernandez said.

Several women from El Paso also attended the demonstration, including Jamie O’Quinn. She came to support Casa Amiga, an organization that helps victims of domestic violence in Ciudad Juárez.

“I think it’s really important for women from the U.S. side of the border to show up and turn to the leadership of women who are on the ground organizing in Juárez and just show our support,” O’Quinn said.

Author: Angela Kocherga – El Paso Matters

NMSU to host fifth annual Feminist Border Arts Film Festival

Films used as a creative tool to grapple with urgent social issues and questions of identity and representation are what you can expect to see at the New Mexico State University Feminist Border Arts Film Festival.

For the fifth year, in honor of International Women’s Day NMSU gender and sexuality studies professors M. Catherine Jonet and Laura Anh Williams will host a series of short films for the two-day festival on March 5-6 inside Devasthali Hall’s Sandy Zane and Ned Bennett Collection Study Room.

“We received 2073 submissions this year, from 112 countries and in the 5 years we’ve been doing this, we’ve received nearly 10,000 submissions,” Williams said.

Williams and Jonet organized the film festival, which is free and open to the public, in collaboration with the University Art Museum’s exhibition, “Labor: Motherhood and Art in 2020,” co-curated by Marisa Sage, director of the University Art Museum and Laurel Nakadate, a New York-based photographer and filmmaker.

On March 5, the “Mothers/Others” program features 27 films that explore concepts of family, parenthood and the effects of larger social forces.

A film still from “Little L.A.” directed by Fernanda Besné, which follows deported “Dreamers” and their lives in Mexico City. The film will be screened at NMSU’s Feminist Border Arts Film Festival on March 5.

The program will include the U.S. premiere of Mexican director Fernanda Besné’s documentary “Little L.A.,” which follows deported “Dreamers,” DACA recipients who immigrated to the U.S. as children. The film processes the impact of repatriation on their lives as they attempt to form a community in Mexico City.

Day two of the festival, “Resurfacing: Five Years of FBAFF,” features a program composed of the festival’s most compelling film shorts selected by Jonet and Williams from the past five years.

15 films will be shown, including the U.S. premiere of Joel Cartaxo Anjos’s documentary short “So Far from Kabul,” about exiled Afghan actress Marina Gulbahari, who initially rose to international fame as the child star and now faces an uncertain future with her daughter in France.

The film festival shorts will be shown between films by artists from the “Labor” exhibition. “Happy Birthday to a Beautiful Woman: A Portrait of My Mother,” by Mickalene Thomas will be shown at 10 a.m. and “The Mother Project,” by Tierney Gearon will be shown at 5 p.m. March 5. KCET’s Emmy-nominated documentary “Artist and Mother” will be shown at 10 a.m. and “A Girl Like Her,” by Ann Fessler will be shown at 5 p.m. March 6.

“We’re most proud of the top-notch film programming that we’ve been able to bring to the university and Las Cruces community. We’ve always prioritized accessibility and inclusivity– we’ve never charged filmmakers an entry fee to submit their films, and we’ve never charged admission for our attendees,” said Jonet.

“We’ve always chosen films from different entry points– from beginners to professional filmmakers to people with a camera with a specific story to tell. It’s been illuminating to champion exceptional storytelling from all around the world, with varying access to budgets and resources.”

Looking back at how the festival has grown over the years, Jonet and Williams are eager to take the festival to the next level.

“We’re looking to transform the Feminist Border Arts Film Festival into a Feminist Border Arts Institute in order to support the work of filmmakers and artists who are situated at the intersection of art-making and social justice,” Williams said.

For the festival schedule and more information, the festival’s website.

Author: Amanda Adame – NMSU

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