Jacinta, the Flying Woman

  • Maho Irigoyen

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. In this short film by filmmakers Maho Irigoyen and David von Blohn, 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.