A production by Judith Gleason – Ethnos
Directed by: Elisa Mereghetti e Judith Gleason
Photography: Marco Mensa
Editing: Danilo Grossi
Music: Rosa Martha Zarate
Length: 57′


Guadalupe Arts Center Festival 1997
Special Mention “Religion Today”, Trento
Prize for Best Film- Latin American Studies Association Festival
Washington (USA) 1995
Certificate of Merit – Intar Festival – Chicago (USA) 1995
Award of Commendation, American Anthropological Association – San Francisco 1996
Southwest Council for Latina American Studies 1996
Materiali di Antropologia Visiva, Museo delle Arti e Tradizioni Popolari – Roma 1997
Prize “Antonino Uccello” III Rassegna Materiali Visivi – Palazzolo Acreide (SR)

The role of the Virgin of Guadalupe as a liberating symbol for Mexican women today. The documentary follows an all-women’s pilgrimage from the small village of Amealco, in Queretaro state, through difficult terrain, harsh weather and congested streets to the Virgin’s shrine in Mexico City. The songs of Rosa Martha Zarate, Mexico’s “singing nun,” sustain this and everywoman’s pilgrimage. Twenty-three women speak out, in traditional testimonio format: voices representing urban, small-town, and rural communities, intercut with scenes of celebrations of the Virgin of Guadalupe in various contexts, including festivities in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York. The film shows the vitality and power of a symbol sustaining and encouraging all Mexican women, whose voice has been silenced for centuries.