Watch This 'Flying Woman' Defy Death in a 600-Year-Old Ritual

Originating in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica (parts of today's Mexico and Central America), the awe-inspiring Dance of the Flyers is a dangerous acrobatic ritual to call for rain. Against her family's will, Jacinta flew for the first time at age 18 to become the first female flyer in Mexico. In this short film by filmmakers Maho Irigoyen and David von Blohn, Jacinta reflects on the modern adaptations of her art form, earning acceptance from her family as an artist, and the adversity she faced as a woman in a male-dominated tradition.

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The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. To submit a film for consideration, please email sfs@natgeo.com. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.

Watch This 'Flying Woman' Defy Death in a 600-Year-Old Ritual

Originating in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica (parts of today's Mexico and Central America), the awe-inspiring Dance of the Flyers is a dangerous acrobatic ritual to call for rain. Against her family's will, Jacinta flew for the first time at age 18 to become the first female flyer in Mexico. In this short film by filmmakers Maho Irigoyen and David von Blohn, Jacinta reflects on the modern adaptations of her art form, earning acceptance from her family as an artist, and the adversity she faced as a woman in a male-dominated tradition.

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The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. To submit a film for consideration, please email sfs@natgeo.com. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.