The sacrifice and fruits of the work of Candita Beltrán Rendón, considered the first Yucatecan filmmaker, are part of the book “Dueñas de la Luz. Mujeres que hicieron cine en México“, which will be presented next Sunday at 6:45 p.m. at the Sedeculta stand at Siglo XXI, as part of Filey 2023.
The work that was published with the sponsorship of Sedeculta “is a tribute to all those women who broke through in a professional world that at the time was dominated by men,” said its authors: Gara Castro and Zoraida Vásquez Beveraggi, who agreed that the book narrates the achievements of women who during the first half of the 20th century, that is, from 1920 onwards, dedicated themselves to filmmaking behind the scenes, as screenwriters, directors, producers, photographers, etc.
They pointed out that Candita Beltrán is the author of “Secreto de la Abuela“, a text that after moving to Mexico City and fighting for it to see the light of day, she managed to consolidate in a film that was financed with her resources and was premiered at the Regis cinema in Mexico City.
“This film was lost in the great fire at the Cineteca Nacional in 1982, along with other great works of Mexican cinema,” said Gara Castro, who added that Candita Beltrán is considered one of the first five Mexican female directors, along with Adriana and Dolores Ehlers, Elena Sánchez Valenzuela, Adela Sequeyro Haro, Mimi Derba and Matilde Landeta.