¡Viva La Raza! Chicano/a Films Showcase

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Feature Films:

A Crushing Love: Chicanas, Motherhood, and Activism
Dir. Sylvia Morales
(United States, 58 min., 2009, English, Activism) 
A Crushing Love, Sylvia Morales’ sequel to her groundbreaking documentary of Chicana women, Chicana (1979), honors the achievements of five activist Latinas—labor organizer/farm worker leader Dolores Huerta, author/educator Elizabeth “Betita” Martinez, writer/playwright/educator Cherrie Moraga, civil rights advocate Alicia Escalante, and historian/writer Martha Cotera –and considers how these single mothers managed to be parents and effect broad-based social change at the same time. ¡Viva La Raza! Chicano/a Films Showcase.

After the Earthquake
Dir. Lourdes Portillo 
(United States, 23 min., 1979, Spanish w/ English subtitles; English, Activism)
This story follows a young Nicaraguan immigrant Irene, as she faces the challenges of life in the U.S. and re-evaluates her relationships with her boyfriend and family. After the Earthquake explores the immigrant experience, particularly the cultural, political, and economic differences between life in North and Latin America. ¡Viva La Raza! Chicano/a Films Showcase.

Chicana
Dir. Sylvia Morales 
(USA, 23 min., 1979, English; Spanish w/ English subtitles, Activism) 
Chicana traces the history of Chicana and Mexican women from pre-Columbian times to the present. It covers women’s role in Aztec society, their participation in the 1810 struggle for Mexican independence, their involvement in the US labor strikes in 1872, their contributions to the 1910 Mexican Revolution and their leadership in contemporary civil rights causes. Using murals, engravings, and historical footage, this documentary shows how women have become an active and vocal part of the political and work-life in both Mexico and the United States. ¡Viva La Raza! Chicano/a Films Showcase.

The Devil Never Sleeps
Dir. Lourdes Portillo
(United States / Mexico, 82 min., 1996, Spanish w/ English subtitles; English, Crime)
Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Lourdes Portillo mines the complicated intersections of analysis and autobiography, evidence and hypothesis, even melodrama and police procedures in this ground-breaking work. Early one Sunday morning, the filmmaker receives a phone call informing her that her beloved Tio Oscar Ruiz Almeida has been found dead of a gunshot wound to the head in Chihuahua, Mexico.  The filmmaker returns to the land of her birth to investigate her uncle’s identity and death. Finding clues in old tales of betrayal, lust, and supernatural visitation, Portillo blends traditional and experimental techniques to capture the nuances of Mexican social and family order. ¡Viva La Raza! Chicano/a Films Showcase.

Mi familia
Dir. Gregory Nava
(United States, 128 min., 1995, Spanish w/ English subtitles; English, Drama)
A second-generation Mexican immigrant narrates his family history, beginning with the journey of his father, Jose (Jacob Vargas), across Mexico to Los Angeles where he meets Maria (Jennifer Lopez) and starts a family. Each subsequent generation contends with political and social hardships, ranging from illegal deportations in the 1940s to racial tensions and gang fights in the ’60s and ’70s. Yet through it all, or perhaps because of it, the family remains strong. This epic film about the Mexican-American experience features one of the very best casts ever assembled, including Edward James Olmos, Esai Morales, Jimmy Smits and Constance Marie. ¡Viva La Raza! Chicano/a Films Showcase.

Real Women Have Curves 
DIr. Patricia Cardoso
(USA, 93 min, 2002, English; Spanish w/ English subtitles, Coming of age)
This is the story of Ana, a first generation Mexican-American teenager on the verge of becoming a woman. Freshly graduated from high school, Ana receives a full scholarship to Columbia University but her mother  feels that now is the time for Ana to help provide for the family, not go to college. Torn between her mainstream ambitions and her cultural heritage, she agrees to work with her mother at her sister’s downtown LA sewing factory. Over the summer she learns to admire the hardworking team of women who teach her solidarity and teamwork. Patricia Cardoso’s Real Women Have Curves stars America Ferrera and Lupe Ontiveros and is beautically and authentically  written by acclaimed writer Josefina López. ¡Viva La Raza! Chicano/a Films Showcase.

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