Lecturer Joelle Gonzalez-Laguer at UNAM

Award-winning filmmaker and adjunct lecturer Joelle González-Laguer was invited by the School of Psychology and the Gender Commission at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, in Mexico City, to showcase his latest documentary, “ChakalMex” on October 10, 2019. González–Laguer, who teaches in the Behavioral Social Sciences department at Hostos, also led a panel discussion at the event with other scholars on the subject of his film: the Mexican Chacales’ subculture.

 “A Chacal is a young proletarian man with indigenous aspects that becomes a sexual symbol for the gay community in Mexico,” explained González-Laguer. “The power structure creates an inevitable link between the aristocratic voyeur and the attractive masculine, virile and sexually charged Chacal.”

The viewing and discussion were held approximately two years after the University screened González -Laguer’s film “Amor con Tufo a Colonia/Love with a Colonial Scent.”

González-Laguer also recently presented “ChakalMex” at the 10th Oaxaca Film Fest, where the film was a semi-finalist in the New Industry Short Documentary category. In addition to Mexico, González-Laguer’s films have been shown in the mainland United States, as well as Argentina, Germany, and Puerto Rico.