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Based on a biography of Cristina "La Veneno" Ortiz, the HBO Max series revives the legacy of a Spanish trans icon


We streamed Chapters 7 & 8 of VENENO before they premiered on HBO Max, then hosted a panel discussion with the cast! Watch the panel below or on YouTube Panelists:
Javier Calvo (Executive Producer, Creator, Writer, Director)
Javier Ambrossi (Executive Producer, Creator, Writer, Director)
Lola Rodríguez (cast; Valeria Vegas)
Daniela Santiago (cast; Cristina Ortiz Rodríguez ‘La Veneno’)
Isabel Torres (cast; older Cristina Ortiz Rodríguez ‘La Veneno’)

Moderator: Monica Trasandes (Director of Programs, Spanish-Language and Latinx Media at GLAAD)

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Based on the memoir by Valeria Vegas “Not A Whore, Not A Saint: The Memories of La Veneno,” Spanish creators and directors Javier Calvo and Javier Ambrosi aka “Los Javis” bring the most beloved transgender icon of the 90s, Cristina Ortiz (La Veneno) to 2020. The series follows Valeria, a young journalism student who discovers she has more in common with La Veneno than she thought. The two women were born in very different times, but their stories become intertwined when Valeria writes a book about La Veneno. Through learning more about her, Valeria discovers her chosen family, how to love herself, and the impact of mass media in the life of an enigmatic entertainer.

Cast: Isabel Torres, Daniela Santiago, Lola Rodriguez, Paca la Piraña, Goya Toledo, Ester Exposito, Jedet Sánchez, Lola Dueñas

Runtime: 109 minutes


Javier Calvo and Javier Ambrosi