About Las Marthas

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The annual debutante ball in Laredo, Texas, is unlike any other. Part of the largest celebration of George Washington’s birthday in the world, a select group of mostly Mexican-American girls is chosen each year to dress in elaborate gowns representing iconic figures from America’s colonial history. Their goal: to recreate a party hosted by Martha Washington, but this time set along the U.S./Mexico border. A year in the making, each girl’s dress can weigh 100 lbs. and cost up to $30,000—nearly the median family income of Laredo. Las Marthas follows two of the girls—Laurita Garza Hovel and Rosario Reyes—as they prepare for this extraordinary rite of passage. Director Cristina Ibarra is scheduled to be present. (HD Presentation)

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