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Butterflies on a Scaffold (1996)

Mariposas en el andamio (original title)
After the Revolution, gays were not respected in Cuba, but in the small Havana neighborhood of La Güinera, a few courageous women came to power and encouraged the gay community. Glamorous ... See full summary »
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After the Revolution, gays were not respected in Cuba, but in the small Havana neighborhood of La Güinera, a few courageous women came to power and encouraged the gay community. Glamorous gowns fashioned from grain sacks and eyelashes made out of carbon paper are the reality of drag in Cuba. In La Güinera, gay transvestite performers have earned respect and status through creative work for the neighbourhood. On stage action and backstage preparation opens out into insightful interviews with community leaders, families, and the performers themselves. the question; can you be gay and accepted in Cuba? Written by <gskinner@stanford.edu>

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Cuba

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Spanish

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26 October 1996 (USA) See more »

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Butterflies on a Scaffold See more »

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Kangaroo Productions See more »
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Two Snaps Up
4 December 1999 | by tito-13See all my reviews

Perhaps we've evolved into a sophisticated culture in the US with successful gay politicians, effective civil rights laws, and a major presence in commercial films but back at Stonewall, drag queens were the first to fight for freedom dignity and the Constitutional right to life liberty and the proverbial pursuit of happiness.

Well in late 90s Cuba, it's the drag queens again who are at the forefront of the fight for gay liberation.

This is not a perfect documentary technically but who cares. It will have your heart in your throat repeatedly with it's "realness". The musical performances populate the film with a passionate resonance that never lets up. Edited in between are philosophical musings of artistes that are profound social commentary along with that of relatives and workers who have come to respect these "mariposas" as important participants in the total fabric of Cuban society..

If you enjoyed "Paris Is Burning" you are hereby required to see this sister documentary, that is, if you can find it. >


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