Las Muertes Chiquitas Part I

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Las Muertes Chiquitas Part I

  1. Thursday, October 10, 2013 6:30 p.m.
  2. Sunday, October 13, 2013 3:00 p.m.
Image from the movie Little Deaths
In Mexico in 2006, a small miracle sets in motion - not the one you’re thinking of involving a sainted virgin of Guadalupe. What commences is work on a film: artist/filmmaker Mireia Sallarés from Barcelona begins interviewing, in complete intimacy, nearly 30 Mexican women about being female and their sexual experience. The result is explosive – a wild, five-hour film titled Las Muertes Chiquitas, (in French, le petite mort, or The Little Deaths... colloquial for female orgasm in both countries). The result is perhaps the most revolutionary, inviting and provocative non-fiction film since Luis Bunuel’s Land Without Bread, Leslie Thornton’s Adynata, or Farocki’s Images of the World and Inscriptions of War – none of which this film resembles.


The film’s subtitle, an unfinished story of pleasure and violence, outlines the hidden story. There is abundant sexual violence against women in Mexico. Intense repression is described by the women, but there is also extremely sophisticated thinking about pleasure. One woman says her orgasm is “like grabbing onto the wings of an angel who lowers me down to the ground.” Sallarès’ correspondents are prepared to talk about their histories – not just the violence, but also the relationship between violence, sexuality, and spiritual revelation. Take a look at this film... whatever it takes.
– Jill Godmilow, Filmmaker

In Spanish language with English subtitles. (Digital presentation)

Events are sponsored in part by The Kinsey Institute. Special thanks to Jill Godmilow, Milos Stehlik and Facets Multimedia.