A new documentary, No Dress Code Required (Etiqueta No Rigurosa), chronicles the efforts of two Mexican men to get legally married in their hometown.
Cristina Herrera Borquez’s Spanish-language film follows Mexicali beauty salon owners Víctor and Fernando as they defy their local government in an attempt to become the first same-sex couple to marry in the Mexican state of Baja California, where same-sex marriage is illegal.
“With the help of two committed attorneys, Víctor and Fernando withstand a seemingly interminable series of bizarre hurdles and bureaucratic nitpicking with grace and dignity,” reads an official synopsis that calls the documentary “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.”
“No Dress Code Required tells the simple story of a Mexican couple’s desire to get married and the impediments put in their way by those determined to keep them apart,” says Graeme Reid of Human Rights Watch. “A frustrating experience that leaves an ordinary couple with a choice—to despair, or resist.”
“Whether talking about childhoods in which they struggled with their sexuality or describing how their feelings for each other have only grown over the years, Víctor and Fernando prove so endearing that you become thoroughly swept up in their struggle,” writes The Hollywood Reporter.
Same-sex marriage is legal in some Mexican states and municipalities but not nationwide: A federal marriage-equality bill was shot down by Mexico’s congress in 2016, following months of anti-LGBT protests.
Watch the trailer below.