The Life of Saint Death

Published 4 years ago
She’s often depicted as the patron saint of murderers and narco-traffickers, and the Catholic Church condemns devotion to her as blasphemy. But Santa Muerte, or Saint Death, is a Mexican folk saint with a growing following across North America, particularly among the marginalized – transsexuals, immigrants, the poor. A community of Santa Muerte devotees in Queens, New York, shows the life inherent in the worship of Saint Death as they prepare for their annual fiesta in her honor. Credits: Producers: Adrian Fernandez Baumann Robb Boardman Chase Scheinbaum Camera: Robb Boardman Editor: Robb Boardman Chris Fiorentini Additional Camera: Russ Finkelstein Translation: Adrian Fernandez Baumann Miguel Sedano Special Thanks: Arely Gonzalez Enriqueta Vargas The Santa Muerte community in New York All our Kickstarter donors Russ Finkelstein Thomas Wood Miguel Sedano Jocelyn Euphrat Fred Euphrat Laura Beach


  • Robb
  • Adrian
    Fernandez Baumann
  • Chase
  • Emily
    Commissioning Producer

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