Getting to Know the Goddess: La Santa Muerte Film Screening
A Program in BookWoman's monthly "Getting to Know the Goddess" Series
Join us for a screening and discussion of Texas Folklife's original documentary film Santa Muerte: A Folk Saint in Texas, featuring film executive producers Charlie Lockwood and Cristina Ballí.
Texas is one of the epicenters of devotion to La Santa Muerte, a controversial Mexican folk saint who personifies death. Through the perspectives of devotees, scholars, the media, and members of the clergy, La Santa Muerte: A Folk Saint in Texas explores the rising presence of Santa Muerte in communities across Texas; from its controversial significance as a folk saint, to its condemnation by the Catholic Church, the impact it has on religious freedom and the place it holds among censored female deities.
Cristina Ballí is a bilingual cultural manager with expertise in Texas-Mexican art and culture. She is currently Executive Director for the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in San Antonio and previously directed Texas Folklife in Austin and the Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center in San Benito. Ballí co-produced the short documentary “La Santa Muerte: A Folk Saint in Texas.” She has been studying and practicing feminine-centered spirituality for more than a decade.