Jacinta, The First Flying Woman

Originating in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica (parts of today’s Mexico and Central America), the awe-inspiring Dance of the Flyers is a dangerous acrobatic ritual to call for rain. Against her family’s will, Jacinta flew for the first time at age 18 to become the first female flyer in Mexico. Jacinta reflects on the modern adaptations of her art form, earning acceptance from her family as an artist, and the adversity she faced as a woman in a male-dominated tradition.

La impresionante Danza de los Voladores, originaria de la Mesoamérica prehispánica (actualmente, parte de México y Centroamérica), es un peligroso ritual acrobático para pedir lluvia. En contra de los deseos de su familia, Jacinta voló por primera vez a los 18 años para convertirse en la primer mujer voladora en México. Jacinta reflexiona sobre su arte, cómo logró la aceptación de su familia como artista, y las adversidades que enfrentó como mujer en una tradición dominada por hombres.

Story Details

  • Featured in National Geographic’s Short Film Showcase
  • Produced by On the Road Media
  • Location: Cuetzalan, Mexico
  • Date: September 2018
  • Music: Licensed through Soundstripe
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