La Santa Muerte (Saint Death) Film Screening
Observatory (543 Union St., Brooklyn)
In Mexico there is a cult that is rapidly growing – the cult of Saint Death. This female grim reaper, considered a saint by followers but Satanic by the Catholic Church, is worshiped by people whose lives are filled with danger and/or violence – criminals, gang members, transvestites, sick people, drug addicts, and families living in rough neighborhoods. Eva Aridjis’ documentary film La Santa Muerte examines the origins of the cult and takes us on a tour of the altars, jails, and neighborhoods in Mexico where the saint’s most devoted followers can be found.
Observatory will screen the film in its entirety. The film’s director, Eva Aridjis, will be on hand to introduce the film and to answer questions.