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They Party Like It's 1789!

Cristina Ibarra's documentary Las Marthas, praised by The New York Times as "a striking alternative portrait of border-town life," documents the annual debutante ball in Laredo, Texas. Part of the largest celebration of George Washington's birthday in the world, this unique event presents a select group of mostly Mexican-American girls at a lavish Colonial Ball. Their goal: to recreate a party hosted by Martha Washington, but this time set along the U.S./Mexico border. You can watch the full documentary on PBS Video until March 19th here: