Cristina Herrera Borquez
Cristina Herrera Borquez
Cristina Herrera is a Mexican documentarian; she has a BA in Film Directing from Centro de Capacitacion Cinematografica, Mexico, as well as an MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College NYC as a Fulbright Scholar. She currently lives in Long Beach, California. Her documentary NO DRESS CODE REQUIRED won the John Schlesinger Award for best first documentary in the last Palm Springs Film Festival and an award for best documentary at the Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, and is still traveling around the world.
Contemporary times in Mexico are being tested. It questions our ability as a society to prove, if in fact, it is truly democratic; if, indeed, we can enforce equal rights established by the Constitution. At this crossroad we find the members of the LGBTQ community who want full recognition of theircivil rights, and civil society where sexual differences are still thought as a sin or pathology. In its most basic elements, this is a very simple story: it is a love story. It's the story of a couple who wants to love each other, and have the legal rights granted to any married heterosexual couple; they want to confront us and they demand from us the recognition of their love, and our acceptance to the fact that it is legitimate to love each other.

This story follows Victor and Fernando's legal battle to be the first gay couple to marry in Baja California, Mexico.

When I heard my hairdressers were getting married I felt the desire to document the legal process required for gay marriage in different states in Mexico. Obviously starting with the state of Baja California, where we had met and where I had lived almost all my life.

I thought that if I wasgoing to do this film myself, it would have to be a small project, maybe an educational video that we could get into schools or into LGBT organizations. The first time Victor and Fernando went to file at City Hall, and the officials did not want to come down from their offices, the story was starting to come together. Later on that day there was a bomb threat just before a meeting with the couple. That day, I knew I had a film. I never thought that the events would unfold the way they did, I didn't have a script, just a story line that I would alter as things happened because we needed a structure for fundraising purposes. I struggled with why I was so drawn to the story of Victor and Fernando other than the fact that I love these two men with all my heart: It isn't about the legal rights of this couple or the LGBT community. It is about a sense of "otherness" of people who don't fit the established standards placed by society suddenly seem different and are forced to live their lives either displaced or simply not to the fullest, always hiding a part of themselves.
Selected Filmography
Films In Festival
(Mexico, 2017, 92mins)
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