Everyone has a different version of the Legend of La Llorona. Now, Film Las Cruces is partnering with a viral video company to tell those unique stories.
“She drowned her children in the river,” said an Albuquerque resident.
The legend of La Llorona has been told hundreds of thousands of times, the tale varying from source to source.
“She’s looking for little kids, she wants to drown them.”
La Llorona is said to wander near rivers and arroyos, looking for children to snatch and drown, like she did her own kids.
“They used to tell us if you were bad she’d come to your window and cry all night long.”
Now a viral video company with more than 18 million subscribers on Youtube is going to be using New Mexican voices to narrate the legend, in a production being filmed in Las Cruces.
“They were playing on an arroyo and La Llorona started chasing them, when she got back to the house she had scratches on her back.”
“It’s exciting that they chose Las Cruces to film a tale that is so at the hearts of people in the community,” said Jon Foley, the film liaison for Film Las Cruces.
Film Las Cruces is responsible for bringing the company to the City of Crosses.
“It’s just another opportunity for Las Cruces to live on through video, and history within video, on screen. It’s something we can always look back and be proud of and say, ‘Hey that’s our community, that’s Las Cruces in the background,” said Foley.
They say they’re excited to bring this production to New Mexico because the folktale has strong ties to Hispanic culture in the southwest.
Film Las Cruces is looking for people to tell their own versions of the legend, or stories about their encounters with La Llorona. The company says the video team is expected to be in Las Cruces next week to begin work on the project.
Visit Film Las Cruces to tell your La Llorona story.