No Dress Code Required

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Mexico | 2016 | 92 minutes | Cristina Herrera Borquez

A rallying cry for equality, this loving documentary follows Victor and Fernando, two respected stylists from the Baja California border town of Mexicali who became the center of a social firestorm from their simple desire to get married.

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An engrossing portrait of a fierce love unbroken by forces of bigotry and hate, director Cristina Herrera Borquez's rousing debut feature follows Victor and Fernando, an unassuming Baja California couple who in 2013 unwittingly found themselves in the center of a social firestorm over their simple desire to be married. Weighing all their options—including having the ceremony in Mexico City, where same-sex marriage was made legal in 2010—the pair instead opt to stay in their hometown, Mexicali, where the issue remained unsettled, and fight for their most basic of rights, setting off a series of increasingly absurd roadblocks by the local government and galvanizing legions of both supporters and detractors alike. Aided by a pair of committed attorneys and strengthened by backgrounds shaped by struggle and poverty, Victor and Fernando withstand a seemingly never-ending series of bizarre hurdles and bureaucratic nitpicking with grace and dignity, culminating in one of the most unexpected and emotional wedding ceremonies ever captured on film. Proving again that love trumps hate, No Dress Code Required is a rallying cry for equality, a testament to the power of ordinary people to become agents of change, and above all an unforgettable love story that touches the heart and stirs the conscience.

Director Biography

This is the first feature length documentary from Cristina Herrera Boroquez. No Dress Code Required was selected for Mexico City TFI Latin America Media Arts Fund Filmmaker Workshops in 2013 and FICG in LA 2015.

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  • Original Language Title: Etiqueta No Rigurosa
  • Director: Cristina Herrera Borquez
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Mexico
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 92 minutes
  • Producer: Cristina Herrera Borquez, Sabrina Almandoz Gerbolini
  • Screenplay: Cristina Herrera Borquez
  • Cinematographers: Cristina Herrera Borquez
  • Editors: Cristina Herrera Boroquez
  • Music: Gustavo Pomeranec
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Palm Springs International Film Festival 2017 (John Schlesinger Award)
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Spanish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Outsider Pictures
  • International Sales: Outsider Pictures