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A still from “No Dresscode Required”

Victor and Fernando are a gay couple who run a beauty salon in Baja California, Mexico. When they decide to marry, however, they find themselves in a fight for their rights. Even though the higher court in Mexico had legalized same sex marriage, their Mexicali city council defies the ruling.

No Dresscode Required” is a documentary in Spanish with English subtitles that follows Victor and Fernando’s journey, as they transform their community in many ways. It’s a triumphant film that is strong primarily because of the charm of its two subjects.

The film echoes the struggles of many couples in the U.S., who live in communities that don’t accept them, and often have to deal with local governments that deny the U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

“No Dresscode Required,” directed by Cristina Herrera Borquez, won the Best Documentary Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and is part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival currently running in New York City. It will screen June 16, 2017 at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater at 9pm.

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