La Llorona ("The Weeping Woman") explores the Mexican tale of the same name. Functioning in much the same way as the Bogeyman in American culture, the folklore figure of La Llorona both frightens and protects, and while the narrative thread of matricide that weaves its way through the many versions of her story is gruesome and tragic, she remains a powerful moral force, rich in cultural significance and valued across generations.
The film was inspired in 1997 by the search for links I could find between my native land of southern Arizona and my new location in San Francisco. La Llorona's basic story and the resonance it has in both regions was the link that helped bridge the geographic and cultural divide. My research for the film provided a new appreciation of La Llorona's importance for myself and others who are familiar with her.
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