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Blossoms of Fire

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

Jun 20, 2006

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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.

February 2, 2006
New York Times
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She doesn't always find a way into the inner lives of these people, but even the outer lives are something to see.

February 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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Proceeding respectfully, with a measure of skepticism, Maureen Gosling and Ellen Osborne's doc doesn't exactly crumple but loses momentum through vagueness.

January 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Gosling's schoolmarmish narration betrays the filmmakers' awestruck naivete toward the culture, which they seem to consider some sort of matriarchal utopia.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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While Blossoms of Fire avoids the fluff and sensationalism of an Elle article, it is by no means the last word on Zapotec culture.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

While the subject is potentially fascinating, [director] Gosling's unfocused, sluggish film is a case study in missed opportunities.

February 3, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

... Gosling's film borrows Herzog's taste for the unfamiliar and exotic without its concomitant saving grace: his wry cynicism.

January 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

I've never seen so many fat women in a single movie.

January 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Gosling's documentary proves to be a worthwhile effort.

December 31, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Blossoms of Fire is a bright, amiable chronicle of the vivid lives of the women of Juchitan ...

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Blossoms of Fire

Blossoms of Fire is a dazzling film that celebrates the extraordinary lives
of the Isthmus Zapotecs of southern Oaxaca, Mexico, a people with strong work ethic, fierce independence, and deep sense of pride in their culture.

Visually appealing to watch as the women wear brightly colored embroidered finery to work every day. Their clothing is legendary in Juchitán, and depicted in paintings by artists like Miguel Covarrubias and
Frida Kahlo. The film is also laced throughout with traditional music which works as a nice canvas to paint the movie on. The women here are powerful and intelligent. They handle the money, not the men. Not to say that the men do not work hard also, because the do, if not harder than the women. Learning about their rich culture excited me and made me want to visit. But then the film began to document the challenges many face in their work and their families and the globalization which is radically changing the way many live in this area. Some battles are maintaining their Zapotec culture and language.
Blossoms of Fire was made over a period of ten years and it sure shows. The film is well put together and very interesting. The people are deeply involved in the politics and there was a whole section of the film dedicated to the discovery of their past, and why these people may be so active in government. Another part of the film was dedicated to gender roles and gender identification which to me seemed to go on longer than needed and wasn't really as interesting as the rest of the film. The most interesting theme was the dispute if there was a matriarchal hierarchy or not.
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