UNC Library Summer Documentary Series: 'Draft Day' (Thailand, 2013) and 'Mexico's Third Gender' (Mexico, 2013)

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June 15, 2016 @ 2:30 pm
June 15, 2016 @ 3:30 pm
UNC University Libraries
R.B. House Undergraduate Library, Room 205
Chapel Hill, United States
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These screenings are part of a series hosted by the UNC Library this summer meant to explore gender issues through documentary films. The showings will take place in Room 205 of the R.B. House Undergraduate Library. The viewings are free and open to the public. There will be an opportunity for discussion at the end of each showing. Movie snacks will be provided. Please bring your own beverage.

In Thailand, all males turning 21 must participate in the military draft lottery. Drawing a black card grants exemption. Drawing a red card results in two years of military service. Draft Day follows two girls, who were born as males, as they participate in the drafting process.

Mexico’s Third Gender explores a celebration known as the Vigil of the Authentic Intrepid Searchers of Danger, which takes place in the city of Juchitán, Oaxaca, in Mexico every November. 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, the filmmaker travels to Juchitán to meet members of the “third gender” of Zapotec culture.

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