Ruffled tule, brilliantly colored gowns and gleaming crowns abound in the sneak peek photos of HBO’s new documentary series that were just released. The series titled “15: A Quinceañera Story,” is taking a look into the cultural significance behind the tradition of quinceañeras.
The new mini series which is set to debut on December 19th and run until the 22nd will highlight five young women as they take part in their culture’s traditional right of passage into womanhood. The documentary will follow the young women and their families as they tackle the complexities of being a Latina in today’s turbulent political landscape. From dealing with the constant fear of having a family member deported to the struggles of being a teen coming to terms with their own gender identity, the documentary is sure to shake up the way viewers see and perceive Latina culture.
The series will zero in on five diverse Latinas all dealing with the many issues Latina women face growing up in the United States.
— HBO PR (@HBOPR) November 2, 2017
The story will follow Ashley, an amateur boxer from Los Angeles struggling with the deportation of her father as well as the looming deportation of her boxing coach. Rose, an American-born Cuban Guatamalean celebrating her quince in Cuba so that her family can be included. Zoey, a young trans women taking part in the tradition with the help of her two grandmothers who could not afford to celebrate quinces of their own. And finally two Mexican-American friends, Nina and Jackie who decide to have a joint quince that incorporates escaramuza, a traditional Mexican-style dance that is done on horseback. The five women and their stories will be featured on different nights on HBO, HBO Latino as well as on HBO On Demand, HBO NOW, HBO GO.
Mexican Latin Grammy Award winner, Thalía Sodi, is one of the directors behind the documentary.
Sodi directed the film alongside Emmy award winner Matthew O’Neill and shared in a statement how the project is close to her heart. “As a Latina, I’m proud to share our culture and shine a spotlight on these dynamic, talented and beautiful young women featured in these four films,” the singer, songwriter, and actress said in a statement.
And it kind of makes sense since she reminds us of our own quinceañeras, no?
For many Latinas tuning into a documentary series featuring Latinas and directed by a Latina is exciting. Each of the young women clearly have unique and powerful stories worth telling and cultures worth celebrating and we’re pumped to see it. Doesn’t hurt that the one and only Thalía had a strong influence in its making.