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Die Standing Up

(Morir de pie)
Mexico, 2011

Director: Jacaranda Correa Producer: Martha Orozco Screenplay: Jacaranda Correa, Martha Orozco, Rodolfo Santa M. Troncoso Cinematographer: Dariela Ludlow Editor: Rodolfo Santa M. Troncoso Music: Taniel Morales Principal Cast: Irina Layevska, Nélida Reyes

This is the inspiring story of Irina Layevska, the son of militant communists, who grew up defending socialism and the Cuban Revolution. Identifying with the ideologies of Che Guevara and even resembling Che physically, Irina worked tirelessly for the cause. However, as an adult Irina faced even greater challenges. Born into a male body that was suffering increasing physical disability, Irina took on a new revolution: to become a woman. Through intimate footage of Irina’s home life with her partner Nélida, this documentary tells the courageous story of an individual who has never stopped fighting for social justice. Morir de pie...confronts a prejudiced society, one that is not capable of understanding its own limited definitions of revolution, love, solidarity. Samuel Mesinas, Milenio Esta es la historia inspiracional de Irina, hijo de militantes comunistas mexicanos, promotor del socialismo y de la Revolución Cubana, con gran parecido físico e ideológico al Che Guevara. Irina nació en un cuerpo de hombre, y ha sufrido mucho por su problemas fisicos, aún así, Irina decide hacer una revolución personal: convertirse en una mujer. Morir de Pie narra la historia de un dividuo con coraje que nunca ha sido detenido para seguir luchando por la justicia social.

7:30 pm|The Cinematheque (CIN)
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Jacaranda Correa studied Journalism at UNAM and has a degree in Political Sociology from the Sorbonne in Paris. Since 2001, she has worked as a journalist, host, and editor-inchief of an investigative journalism program for Mexico’s Canal 22. Morir de pie won Best Mexican Documentary at the Guadalajara International Film Festival.