The Women Taking on the Macho World of Mariachi

Mariachi is a folkloric tradition as macho as it is Mexican. Eight years ago, Mireya Ramos and Shae Fiol sought to up-end convention and founded Mariachi Flor de Toloache, New York City’s first all-female mariachi band. With their bandmates Julie Acosta and Eunice Aparicio, the musicians traded in traditional mariachi skirts for homemade suits and created an empowering space for women while staying true to the music and spirit of mariachi.

MACAU: Debris

This video by Vhils and José Pando Lucas tackles the rapid modernization and globalization of the world. It is in memory of Lucas' father, his grandparents, and the inner mountains of Portugal. Scenery in this film consists of modern life in Macau as Lucas thinks back to the lifestyle of his grandparents and the now rapid-pace lifestyle he lives. This short film shifts between documentary and fiction, says Lucas, since the story is about his grandparents but it is also a story shared by many around the world.