La mami. 2019. Mexico/Spain. Directed by Laura Herrero Garvin. North American premiere. Courtesy Dogwoof. In Spanish; English subtitles. 82 min.
“Men are only good for two things: for nothing, and for money,” Mami warns the dancers and hostesses of Mexico City’s famous Cabaret Barba Azu. In Laura Herrero Garvin’s brilliant observational documentary, Doña Olga is the “Mami” of the film’s title, keeping watch over the dressing room while remaining a tough-loving confidante and vigilant protector of the girls themselves.