Blossoms of Fire (2000)
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The town of Juchitan in Oaxaca, Mexico, was part of a matriarchal society centuries ago, but unlike most of the cities that surround it, Juchitan hasn't lost touch with this side of its past -- it's a city where women enjoy a degree of political, economic, and social equality unknown in most of the world. The city's dominant businesses are run by women, women take a leading role in city government and activist actions, and in most of the city's households, it's the women who handle the family's
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Maureen Gosling's documentary aims to demythologize the Zapotec people of Juchitán, a town on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in southeastern Mexico.
She doesn't always find a way into the inner lives of these people, but even the outer lives are something to see.
Proceeding respectfully, with a measure of skepticism, Maureen Gosling and Ellen Osborne's doc doesn't exactly crumple but loses momentum through vagueness.
Gosling's schoolmarmish narration betrays the filmmakers' awestruck naivete toward the culture, which they seem to consider some sort of matriarchal utopia.
While Blossoms of Fire avoids the fluff and sensationalism of an Elle article, it is by no means the last word on Zapotec culture.
While the subject is potentially fascinating, [director] Gosling's unfocused, sluggish film is a case study in missed opportunities.
... Gosling's film borrows Herzog's taste for the unfamiliar and exotic without its concomitant saving grace: his wry cynicism.
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