LGBT Mexican Film Shown for the First Time at Los Angeles Film Festival

Muchachas de Uniforme

At Outfest Los Angeles, the country's prominent organization which promotes LGBT equality through the presentation of LGBT films, they recently showed a Mexican film portraying lesbian love. Muchachas de Uniforme (Girls in Uniform), is a remake of the 1931 German film, Mädchen in Uniform, which was based on the play Gestern und heute (Yesterday and Today) by Christa Winsloe. It was possibly the first time the Mexican film was ever shown in the United States, a significant milestone considering the constant adversity the LGBT community has faced in the past and present. 

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The film shares the story of an orphan, "Manuela" (Irasema Dilián) who finds comfort in her rigid all-girls catholic school through one of her teachers, "Lucila" (Marga Lopez) whom all the young girls idolize. Their forbidden but beautifully supportive relationship ends up turning into a school-wide scandal. 

According to Remezcla, the film directed by Alfredo Crevenna was never released in America and because of it's "controversial" subject matter, and was hardly shown in Mexico. Below is a clip from the first, German version of the film. 

 

The film was extremely disputatious because of its' three main controversial plot points; a same-sex relationship, a relationship between a student and her superior along with the setting in a Catholic school. 

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Outfest was founded by UCLA students in 1982 and builds a community between LGBT identifiers and allies to promote insightful conversations about the importance of acceptance and equality. The non-profit has "protected more than 20,000 LGBT films and videos," honoring people of all backgrounds. Organizations like Outfest are crucial to preserving the history of this community and also to promoting thoughtful conversations that will hopefully lead to improvements in civil rights.