The Chunta

In a small town in Mexico, once a year, men transform into women and become the Chuntá. Follow two gender-bending gangs of dancers as they face off in a struggle between queer identity and powerful traditions.

  • Genevieve Roudane
    Director
  • Genevieve Roudane
    Producer
  • Cecilia Monroy Cuevas
    Producer
  • Catalina Ausin
    Producer
  • Kristian Sibast
    Producer
  • Genevieve Roudane
    Editor
  • Madely Trujillo
    Editor
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Las Chuntá
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Genres:
    Queer, GLBT, Latino, Drama
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 1 minute 33 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 1, 2018
  • Country of Origin:
    Mexico
  • Country of Filming:
    Mexico
  • Language:
    Spanish
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Outfest LGBTQ Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    July 22, 2019
    Los Angeles
  • Acampadoc
    Los Santos
    Panama
    August 11, 2019
    Central America
    Best Documentary Editing
  • qFLIX Philadelphia
    Philadelphia
    United States
    March 27, 2019
  • San Diego Latino Film Festival
    San Diego
    United States
    March 16, 2019
  • Panorámica Stockholms Latinamerikanska filmfestival
    Stockholm
    Sweden
    Official Selection
  • MIC Género - Cineteca Nacional
    Mexico City
    Mexico
    August 10, 2017
  • MIC Género - Cine Tonalá
    Mexico City
    Mexico
    August 9, 2017
  • MIC Género - Cinépolis
    Mexico City
    Mexico
    August 5, 2017
  • Portland Film Festival
    Portland
    United States
    February 10, 2019
    US Premiere
    Opening night
  • Muestra de Cine de Mujeres de Zaragoza
    Zaragoza
    Spain
    October 25, 2017
  • Genderlab Work in Progress
    Mexico City
    Mexico
    April 1, 2016
    Second place, Postproduction Work in Progress
  • Semana de Cine Mexicano
    Campeche
    Mexico
    September 28, 2017
  • MIC Género - Sala Gaumont
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
    September 25, 2017
  • MIC Género - Ágora de la Ciudad
    Xalapa
    Mexico
    August 22, 2017
  • MIC Género - Foro BUAP
    Puebla
    Mexico
    August 24, 2017
  • MIC Género - Complejo Cultural Universitario
    Puebla
    Mexico
    August 27, 2017
  • MIC Género - Teatro Jaime Torres Bodet
    Guadalajara
    Mexico
    August 25, 2017
  • MIC Género - Cine La Mina
    Guanajuato
    Mexico
    September 10, 2017
  • MIC Género - Auditorio Municipal de Tlapa
    Tlapa
    Mexico
    September 10, 2017
  • MIC Género - Cine Too Guelatao
    Guelatao de Juarez
    Mexico
    September 13, 2017
  • La Universidad Intercultural de Chiapas
    San Cristóbal de Las Casas
    Mexico
    May 25, 2018
  • Centro Cultural ExConvento de Santo Domingo
    Chiapa de Corzo
    Mexico
    March 2, 2018
  • OutFest Perú
    Lima
    Peru
    July 6, 2018
    Official Selection
  • MIX México Festival Internacional por la Diversidad Sexual
    Mexico City
    Mexico
    June 23, 2018
    Official Selection
  • QMTY Festival Internacional de Cine Queer
    Monterrey
    Mexico
    July 2, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Ocote Miradas Encendidas
    San Cristóbal de Las Casas
    Mexico
    December 1, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Espacio Queer
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
    December 2, 2018
    Official Selection
  • CineArte
    Los Angeles
    United States
    August 3, 2019
  • Kansai Queer Film Festival
    Osaka
    Japan
    September 22, 2019
    Asia
  • Kansai Queer Film Festival
    Kyoto
    Japan
    October 18, 2019
  • Northwest Film Center
    Portland
    United States
    August 15, 2019
  • Out on Film Atlanta LGBTQ Film Festival
    Atlanta
    United States
    September 30, 2019
    Southern Premiere
  • Durban Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
    Durban
    South Africa
    African premiere
  • Seattle Queer Film Festival
    Seattle
    United States
    October 12, 2019
  • Seattle Latino Film Festival
    Seattle
    United States
    October 6, 2019
    Seattle
  • Twin Cities Film Festival
    St. Louis Park
    United States
    October 26, 2019
    Midwest Premiere
Director Biography - Genevieve Roudane

Genevieve Roudané is a queer filmmaker who has worked as director, cinematographer, editor, educator, and organizer on diverse productions across the Americas over the past decade. Roudané’s work focuses on the intersection of art and activism, and she sees mediamaking as part of a broader process of creative social change. She has participated in a range of grassroots media organizing projects in Mexico and Central America. She is a member of Film Fatales, Women In Film, the Mexican Documentary Filmmakers Network and the Women Behind the Camera cooperative. She co-founded and co-directed Proyecto Medusa productions and the Ocote Miradas Encendidas Film Festival. Her work can be seen at: www.genevieveroudane.com.

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Director Statement

Now is the time for films that challenge stereotypes about queer communities, Latinx people, and all those whose identities challenge societal norms. In a time of news cycles filled with hate, this new story of brotherhood and creativity is revolutionary.

As a female independent film director, and co-leader of the Portland chapter of Film Fatales, I believe in breaking expectations: I believe in women leading, innovating, and continuing to build a thriving film community for all filmmakers and audiences. I made this film as part of my dream of breaking down the wall between queer communities in the U.S. and Mexico. We need stories about GLBT people from around the world­– their hopes and dreams, everyday lives and everyday struggles. We need to challenge stereotypes about Latinx identity and sexuality. This film is a powerful tool in the broader fight for GLBT visibility, rights, and happiness. We also need more female and GLBT filmmakers. As a queer woman and independent filmmaker, I have faced many challenges, but the support of a team of women and genderqueer crew members continues to inspire me.

My style as a film director is greatly influenced by my background as an anthropologist, as an editor, as an activist, and as an artist. I prioritize listening, observing, and participating together with the subjects of my film before shaping my interpretation of events. My work style often involves spending much more time with the camera turned off, building relationships that will allow me to access the heart of a story respectfully. As a director, I communicate the importance of communication and consent to my crew when interacting with subjects, especially in their homes, their sacred spaces, and when capturing intimate details of their story. For example, I spent three years filming The Chunta documentary, but prior to that I spent four years attending ceremonies, marches, shared meals, and community events to get to know as much as possible and tell the story in the way it deserved to be told.