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An older woman applying lipstick in a mirror, extravagantly dressed and made up

José Pablo Estrada Torrescano
2018 | 75 minutes
Country of Production: Germany
Country Featured: Mexico
NY Premiere

An eccentric Mexican beauty tycoon invites her estranged grandson to make a film celebrating her rags-to-riches success story. But when the young filmmaker arrives at the extravagant castle-like compound that his 95-year old Mamacita calls home, he finds a story that is much darker, and much richer, than he imagined.

Co-presented by Cinema Tropical, the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany New York, and Rooftop Films


Resilience in Motion | In Their Own Words

“Mamacita was born almost 100 years ago carrying a big cross on her back. This gave her the impulse to fight for decades to finally achieve what she always wanted: success, wealth, and respect from others. But this didn’t make the cross disappear; it is still in the same place. With this film I tried to help my grandmother Mamacita transform that cross into a ladder so she can go to the next stage, whatever that means.”

– José Pablo Estrada Torrescano | Director, Mamacita