Project Description

Mexico’s 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.

Originally self-produced, the film was selected for the National Geographic Short Film Showcase and commissioned by National Geographic Learning.


Featured in: National Geographic Short Film Showcase
Commissioned by: National Geographic Learning
Director: Maho Irigoyen
Producer: David von Blohn
Cinematographer: David von Blohn
Second Camera: Maho Irigoyen
Editor: Maho Irigoyen
Location: Cuetzalan, Mexico
Published: September 2018