Today “Hermafrodita” at the Philadelphia QFest
Based on a true story and set on the lushly tropical Dominican Republic, Albert Xavier’s Hermafrodita is a powerful drama about love between two people caught in the cross-hairs of sexual identity politics.
Maria (Mariluz Acosta), a nimble-fingered seamstress, leads a quiet life with her grandmother amongst the picturesque mountains of the village of San José de Ocoa. By chance, while traveling home, she meets La Melaza (Garibaldi Reyes), a physically striking man who is fleeing Santa Domingo to live with his aunt and uncle who are in the business of farming sunflowers. Despite her shy persona, Maria and La Melaza soon find themselves irresistibly drawn to each other. While love isn’t meant to tie your stomach in knots with fear, the pressure to take their relationship to the next level is threatening to expose Maria’s secret—born hermaphrodite, she has both female and male genitalia. Her lover is nurturing a heinous secret of his own; it’s the reason why he quickly left the capital city. Inevitably their relationship is bound to take a turn when Maria’s dual-sexuality is revealed. Hailed as the first queer feature from the Dominican Republic, we truly look forward to many more gay and lesbian stories emerging from the small islands of the Caribbean. (Spanish with English subtitles)
Entry filed under: FILM FESTIVALS, IN SPANISH..., LATIN AMERICAN FILM, QFEST PHILADELPHIA. Tags: Albert Xavier, caribbean gay and lesbian stories, Dominican Republic cinema, Garibaldi Reyes, Hermafrodita, hermaphrodite, LATIN AMERICAN FILM, Mariluz Acosta.