The Category Is… Mexico City (2020) is a mini-docuseries by creators Ocean Vashti Jude and Lauren E. Zubia Casalda, who invite viewers into a beautiful, vibrant queer space to share the transformation of voguing from its ballroom origins in New York to… Mexico City!
Mother Mendoza and children of House of Mami talk about the late-arrival of ballroom culture to Mexico City, and the impact acclaimed 1990 documentary Paris Is Burning has on their aesthetic, dance, and community. The mini-docuseries also contains an original soundtrack from musician B11CE, delivering on new beats and ha-crashes.
The Category Is… Mexico City adds another layer to the endless popularity of ballroom culture, emphasizing the importance of narrative, art, and community acceptance within spaces created for queer people of color.
I invite you all to read my impressions on the docuseries that’s brought me so much joy in the last week, and of course, I invite people to share their own views as well.
The Category Is… Mexico City is available on revry.tv Hit me up for a virtual watch party!