The establishing shot of The Category Is… Mexico City’s first episode “Welcome Home” is of Mother Mendoza putting on her eyelashes along with a voiceover from one of House of Mamis’s members, Alexis. We start in a personal setting as we watch Mother Mendoza dressing into drag for work. Throughout the docuseries, we see narratives edited between a style of confessionals and family members speaking freely, then being cut away into dance, music, and views of Mexico City.
My favorite scene from “Welcome Home” is of the cutaway from Mother Mendoza explaining the inception of House of Mami from a stationary, carpet-like backdrop to watching Mendoza slowly vogue against a contrasting navy-blue backdrop. Bold, strong backgrounds are a common element throughout the docuseries, particularly those made of simple textiles as fabrics provide the same fluid movements of the dancers.
“Welcome Home” is an introduction to talent, to colorful settings from the Mamis’s living space, to the dance studio, and to the world of voguing. Paris Is Burning, the acclaimed 1990’s documentary about New York’s ballroom scene, is continually alluded to throughout The Category Is… Mexico City, which appears to be a methodology for creating a thriving and accepting queer community. The House of Mamis demonstrate how queer people come together to build a utopic bubble within Mexico City, a city still invalidating queer people. “Welcome Home” is not only an introduction, but an invitation to a series about the values of community building.
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