Mexico City is a film lover’s paradise, with myriad cinemas and a film festival every month. This month is no different, and with the arrival of a new festival celebrating work by Mexican Americans, the city is abuzz.
This year marks the first ever Mexico City Chicano Film Festival, which began on Tuesday and looks to be shaping up quite well. There are 10 documentary features, 7 fiction features and a slew of shorts, some of them in competition. The festival will also feature a retrospective of Chicano film classics, among them Un dia sin mexicanos, Selena and Zoot Suit. And — no podía faltar — Edward James Olmos will be there are a special guest.
This festival is to be applauded for opening up the world of Mexican American culture to Mexicans via film. There are so many misconceptions on the other side of the border about those born on this side, so efforts like this will help dispel stereotypes and bring appreciation of U.S. Latino culture. Though, speaking of stereotypes, they could use some help with their logo.
Via / Festival de Cine Chicano