La Santa Muerte: A Folk Saint in Texas Film Screening - Santa Cruz Theater

Event Category: 
Texas Folklife Event
Event Date: 
Tue Oct 3, 2017 - 7:00PM

La Santa Muerte: A Folk Saint in Texas
Screening and Panel Discussion, feautring Andrew Chesnut PhD

Tuesday October 3, 2017 (7pm)
Santa Cruz Studio Theater
1805 E 7th St - Austin, Texas


FREE with RSVP on Eventbrite

Film screening and panel discussion with filmmakers and Andrew Chesnut PhD, leading religious studies scholar and author of the first monograph on the subject Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint.  Chesnut, the foremost expert on Santa Muerte, will discuss his research and involvement with the Texas Folklife film.

Film Trailer:

Texas Folklife Presents:

La Santa Muerte: A Folk Saint in Texas

Documentary Short

Texas is one of the epicenters of devotion to La Santa Muerte, a controversial Mexican folk saint who personifies death. Through the perspectives of devotees, scholars, the media, and members of the clergy, La Santa Muerte: A Folk Saint in Texas explores the rising presence of Santa Muerte in communities across Texas; from its controversial significance as a folk saint, to its condemnation by the Catholic Church, the impact it has on religious freedom and the place it holds among censored female deities.


R. Andrew Chesnut, PhD

Oleszkiewicz-Peralba, PhD
Priscilla Murr, PhD

Marisela Guevara, Curandera (Folk Healer)

Most Rev. Michael D. Pfeifer, O.M.I. Bishop Emeritus.

Produced by Texas Folklife  Executive Producer: Charlie Lockwood  Executive Producer: Cristina Balli  Associate Producer: Eugenio del Bosque  Camera: Deborah Esquenazi, Eugenio del Bosque  Editing: Eugenio del Bosque  Sound: Deborah Esquenazi, Charlie Lockwood, Eugenio del Bosque


This program is supported in part by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and The City of Austin Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department.  

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