Die Standing Up

Die Standing Up  {Morir de pie}
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Die Standing Up
Morir de pie
Mexico, 2011, 90 Minute Running Time
US Premiere
Topics: Disability Culture, Documentary, Gay/Lesbian, Latino, Woman Director
Program: True Stories
Language: Spanish English Sub-Titles

Awards: Guadalajara: Best Documentary -/ Guanajuato FF Best Mexican Documentary

This is the inspiring story of Irina Layewska, a tireless fighter in the war for personal freedoms, who continues to work for progressive causes from her wheelchair despite a severe disability. But it’s also the love story of Irina and her partner Nelida, whom she married as a man. Irina was born into a male body; she grew up idolizing Che Guevara and spent much of her young life fighting in the Cuban solidarity movement. When her condition suddenly threatened her eyesight she became aware of an internal, emotional imbalance, and a need to explore her feminine side, and in the end made the choice to become a woman. Jacaranda Correa, the renowned Mexican journalist and anchorwoman, skillfully intercuts home movies and archival material with sensitive, intimate footage of Irina and Nelida’s present-day lives. They bravely open a window on their most personal moments, as they live to the fullest a life that neither of them could have ever imagined. Winner: Best Mexican Documentary, Guadalajara Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Jacaranda Correa
Producer: Martha Orozco
Editor: Rodolfo Santa Maria
Screenwriter: Jacaranda Correa, Martha Orozoco, Rodolfo Santa Maria
Cinematographer: Daniela Ludlow
Music: Taniel Morales
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE) - www.imcine.gob.mx

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