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Mireia Sallarès’s Little Deaths

Six stills from Mireia Sallarès’s Las Muertes Chiquitas (Little Deaths), 2009, digital video, color, sound, 286 minutes. Top left: Mireia Sallarès.

ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL and provocative documentaries I’ve seen in all the years I’ve been looking at movies has never had a theatrical release or been shown in a film festival anywhere. Mireia Sallarès’s 2009 Las Muertes Chiquitas (Little Deaths) played briefly at Anthology Film Archives in New York this past fall. Three years before, NYU’s Catalan Center had presented it in conjunction with an exhibition of Sallarès’s photographs. Now, probably thanks to filmmaker Jill Godmilow, Sallarès’s champion in the US, it is available on DVD from Facets Media for less than thirty bucks. What are you waiting for?

Perhaps for a better sell than Little Deaths has yet received. After all, who’d want to see a five-hour documentary in which some thirty Mexican women are interviewed about their orgasms? Not I, who had enough of orgasm confessionals in late-’60s consciousness-raising groups and

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