Every November a celebration known as the Vigil of the Authentic Intrepid Searchers of Danger takes place in the city of Juchitán, Oaxaca, in Mexico. In this community of Zapotec indigenous people, it’s generally understood that there are men, there are women, and there are muxes (pronounced “mooshez”). Muxes are born men, raised as women, and live as women all their lives. The Vigil—or Vela—is the most important event of the year for the muxes of Juchitán, as one of them is crowned queen during the festival. In this documentary we travel to Juchitán to meet members of the “third gender” of Zapotec culture, and to hang out at the Vigil, which was honestly one of the best parties we’ve ever been to.
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