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Blossoms of Fire

Mexico, United States, 2000


Maureen Gosling and Ellen Osborne’s documentary reveals the fascinating history of the town of Juchitan in Oaxaca, Mexico. Hundreds of years ago, a matriarchal society existed in the area, and Juchitan still exhibits a remarkable link to its past.

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Blossoms of Fire Directed by Maureen Gosling, Ellen Osborne

Awards & Festivals

Havana Film Festival

2000 | Winner: Best Work of a Non-Latin American Director on a Latin America Subject - Documentary

What are people saying?

  • mpho3's rating of the film Blossoms of Fire

    Terribly narrated, the filmmakers deliver an ethnography more superficial than deep. It's a good trade-off though, as they broaden the scope beyond "matriarchy" to depicting a culture rooted in community and gender equality. It's gay friendly too! In utopia(?), folks work hard to provide, but they know life's only necessities are "food, clothing and fiestas" (i.e unity). Lovely cinematography and music. 3.5 stars