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  • Jennifer Green

Review: "Robe of Gems"

Some 3,754 women and girls were murdered in Mexico last year alone, averaging out to around 10 women killed every day, according to Mexico’s National Public Security System. That’s in addition to the 1,000 to nearly 3,000 women and girls reported missing each year in the country, according to human rights organization IMDHD.

It’s no wonder filmmakers in Mexico, particularly women, are taking up this topic through their art. Recent examples include Teodora Mihai’s La Civil and Tatiana Huezo’s Prayers for the Stolen (Noche de Fuego), both of which premiered at Cannes.

Like these two films, Natalia López Gallardo’s 2022 Berlinale Silver Bear winner Robe of Gems (Manto de Gemas) turns on the efforts of women to protect their loved ones from pervasive violence around them.


Full review available at

Images courtesy of Santa Cine.


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