VMLY&R tackles homophobia in Mexico with boxing film that questions the nature of machismo

Telecom Movistar targets cyberbullying in particular in rethinking what constitutes male pride

Published On
Feb 27, 2023

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Gay and trans people continue to face enormous societal prejudice in Mexico, where religious groups in the predominantly Catholic country tend to be staunchly opposed to LGBTQ+ rights—and where machismo, so embedded in the country, makes coming out as a gay man particularly dangerous.

Against this backdrop, VMLY&R Mexico has released a short film for telecommunications provider Movistar that tackles the issue of homophobia—in particularly, the cyberbullying of gay people—through a film that turns the notion of machismo on its head.

The five-minute film, directed by Vellas and set to a remake of the Tears for Fears song “Shout,” tells the story of an up-and-coming boxer whose path to a title fight gets complicated when photos of him kissing another man at a nightclub are disseminated on social media. The film’s approach is notable for its take on male pride—what masculinity means in the Mexican culture, and how it’s inextricably linked to violence.

While Mexico is a long way from any sort of cultural acceptance of homosexuality—VMLY&R says it’s the second most dangerous country for the LGBTQ+ community in Latin America—the film’s intensely personal story will hopefully have some effect in helping men reconsider what constitutes manhood and pride.

“We know that there is a lot of hate about homosexuality on social networks,” said Luis “Madruga” Enriquez, chief creative officer at VMLY&R Mexico. “Movistar is a telecom that wants to connect people, and that is why we created ‘Shout,’ a cry against homophobia.” 

The agency says brand sentiment increased by 45% due to the film when it weas released last summer.

“At Movistar we are committed to improving people’s lives through connectivity,” said Karely Munarriz, head of brand and integrated marketing communications for Movistar. “Within this vision and this connected world that is driven by technology, we can say we believe in the power of diversity as a boost to competitiveness.” 


Feb 27, 2023
Client :
Agency :
Global Chief Creative Officer :
Debie Vandeven
Global Director Creative Excellence :
Erin Sweeney
Regional Chief Creative Officer :
Nino Goldberg
Hector Fernandez
President VP of Digital Transformation :
Andres Sanchez
Luis Enriquez
Creative Director :
Daniel de Leon
Creative Director :
Christian Santa Cruz
Art Director :
Tania Magni
Audiovisual Production Director :
Violeta López Pacheco
Producer :
Darío Casso
Post Production :
Héctor Violante
Account Director :
Claudio Pérez Carús
Account Director :
Alejandra Iturriaga
Head of Brand & Integrated Marketing Communications :
Karely Munarriz
Digital Communications Manager :
Karen Maxemin
Digital Coordinator :
Judith Rangel
Production Company :
Director :
Felipe Vellasco
Director :
Executive Producer :
Ivan Lomeli
Photography Director :
William Etchebehere
Assistant Director :
Flavio Landfredi
Production Manager :
Elvia Zarco
Production Designer :
Amilcar Espadas
Stylist :
Post Production :
Fabi Abreu
Editorial Company :
Cabin Editing Company
Editor :
Rami D’Aguilar
Executive Producer :
Adam Brecht
Managing Partner :
Carr Schilling
VFX Company :
Nash VFX
Music :
Quiet City Music + Sound
Sound Design :
Andrés Melges

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