Mafalda, the Iconic Argentine Comic Strip, Stars in New Documentary Series
Introducing “Releyendo: Mafalda”
Mafalda, the beloved Argentine comic strip character, known for her worldly concerns, is set to feature in a new documentary series. Titled “Releyendo: Mafalda”, the series will offer a feminist perspective on the famous comic strip created by Joaquín Salvador Lavado, also known as “Quino”. From being an emblem of Argentine culture, Mafalda has evolved into a globally recognized icon. The documentary series is set to premiere on Disney+ and Star+ on September 27, 2023.
A Feminist Reinterpretation
The series, composed of four 30-minute episodes, provides a feminist reinterpretation of the comic strip and reconstructs the historical context in which it was written. Its critique of Juan Carlos Onganía’s military dictatorship in the 1960s is highlighted in the series. Today, Mafalda books are published in 28 languages and distributed in numerous countries worldwide.
Global Reach of Mafalda
Series director, Lorena Muñoz, known for directing “Gilda, no me arrepiento de este amor” and “El Potro, lo mejor del amor”, expressed her astonishment at the global reach of the comic strip. She finds it impressive that even in Japan, people identify with the story and its characters.
Delving into Early Sketches
In “Releyendo: Mafalda”, the series delves into the early sketches, appearances, and inspirations of the comic strip. It presents a detailed analysis of Susanita, Felipe, Libertad, Manolito, and other beloved characters, and their roles. Prominent comic artists like Liniers, Maitena, Tute, along with other Mafalda enthusiasts such as Argentine basketball player Manuel Ginóbili, Mexican actress Consuelo Duval, and Spanish actor and filmmaker Santiago Segura, appear in the series re-reading some of the most well-known strips.
Delayed by the Pandemic
The director was approached to create the series at the end of 2019, and trailers were published in 2020. However, the project was delayed due to the pandemic. In early 2023, it was nominated for best documentary at the sixth edition of the Canneseries Festival, despite its commercial premiere scheduled for the following Wednesday.
A New Reading
Muñoz, who grew up near where Quino lived when he created Mafalda, hopes the phenomenon continues to transcend not only geographical but also generational boundaries. She concludes, “This is a new reading. It is a way for the work to continue to be disseminated and read”.
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