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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 forbidden female deities.
The film features Andrew Chesnut PhD, leading religious studies scholar at Virginia Commonwealth University and author of the first monograph on the subject Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint; Malgorzata Oleszkiewicz-Peralba PhD of the University of Texas San Antonio, author of Fierce Feminine Divinities of Eurasia and Latin America: Baba Yaga, Kali, Pombagira, and Santa Muerte; Jungian analyst Priscilla Murr PhD; Santa Muerte devotee and folk healer Marisela Guevara; Reverend Michael D. Pfeifer OMI, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of San Angelo; and interviews with vendors of Santa Muerte devotional objects.
The film screening is followed by a panel discussion with scholars Andrew Chesnut and Malgorzata Oleszkiewicz-Peralba, and film producers Cristina Ballí and Charlie Lockwood.