Xicana/o FIlms

We are in the process of including a selection of films for, by and about Xicanas/os in Aztlán Reads. The film list that appears below is part of the Chicana/o Studies Research Center at UCLA…

In the coming weeks, we will add more films to the list as well as a film review section to complement our book review page. In the meantime, enjoy the list provided by the Aztlán Film Institute…

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In June 1998, on nationwide television, the American Film Institute (AFI) unveiled its list of the 100 greatest American movies. The list included no independent films, no documentary films, no avant-garde films, no short narrative films, and precious few silent films. The list contained not one single film directed by women or racial minorities.

In December 1998, in the premier journal of Chicano studies, the Aztlan Film Institute (AFI) unveiled its list of top 100 films. The list presents a provisional Chicano film and video heritage, one that remains outside the official histories of the American cinema. Below are selected titles in chronological order by category. To see the full essay introducing the list, click here.

Documentaries:

I Am Joaquin (1969) El Teatro Campesino
América Tropical (1971) Jesús Salvador Treviño
Requiem 29 (1971) David Garcia
Yo Soy Chicano (1972) Jesús Salvador Treviño
Cinco Vidas (1972) José Luis Ruiz
La Raza Unida (1972) Jesús Salvador Treviño
Si Se Puede (1973) Rick Tejada-Flores
Carnalitos (1973) Bobby Páramo
Cristal (1974) Severo Pérez
Garment Workers (1975) Susan Racho
The Unwanted (1975) José Luis Ruiz
La Onda Chicana (1976) Efraín Gutiérrez
Agueda Martinez: Our People, Our Country (1977) Esperanza Vasquez
Chicana (1979) Sylvia Morales
Ballad of an Unsung Hero (1983) Isaac Artenstein and Paul Espinoza
Rag Top Ralph (1984) Juan Garza.
The Lemon Grove Incident (1986) Paul Espinoza
Santeros (1986) Ray Tellez
When You Think of Mexico: Commerical Images of Mexico (1986) Yolanda Lopez
No Porque lo Diga Fidel Castro (1988) Graciela Sanchez
La Ofrenda: The Days of the Dead (1988) Lourdes Portillo
Chicano Park (1988) Marilyn Mulford and Mario Barrera
Mi Otro Yo (1988) Philip & Amy Brookman
Mbamba (1989) Olivia Chumacero
Uneasy Neighbors (1989) Paul Espinosa
Una Lucha Por Mi Pueblo (1990) Federico Antonio Reade
Twenty Years . . . y que? (1990) Nancy de los Santos
The New Tijuana (1990) Paul Espinosa
Friday Night under the Stars (1990) Rick Leal
Los Mineros (1991) Hector Galan and Paul Espinosa
De Mujer a Mujer (1993) Beverley Sanchez-Padilla
Cholo Joto (1993) Augie Robles
¡Viva 16! (1994) Valentin Aguirre and Augie Robles
El Diablo Nunca Duerme/The Devil Never Sleeps (1994) Lourdes Portillo
Chicano! History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement (1996) Four-part documentary series. Executive producer: José Luis Ruiz. Series producer: Hector Galán. Segment producers: Robert Cozens, Hector Galán, Sylvia Morales, Mylene Moreno, and Susan Racho.
The Fight in the Fields: César Chávez and the Farmworkers Struggles (1996) Ray Telles and Rick Tejada-Flores
Fear and Learning at Hoover Elementary (1997) Laura Angélica Simón

Experimental:

My Trip in a ’52 Ford (1966) Ernie Palomino
Mozo, or an Introduction into the Duality of Orbital Indecision (1968) Severo Pérez
Ghost Town (1974) Willie Varela
Becky’s Eye (1975) Willie Varela
Cruel Profit (1975) Harry Gamboa Jr.
No Movies (misc., 1975-1978) Harry Gamboa Jr. and Asco
April 1977 (1977) Willie Varela
Entelequia (1978) Juan Salazar
Mi Hermano, Mi Hambre (1978) Gustavo Vazquez
Stan and Jane Brakhage (1980) Willie Varela
Night Vigil (1982) Betty Maldonado
Recuerdos de Flores Muertas (1982) Willie Vare

Imperfecto (1983) Harry Gamboa Jr.
Insultan (1983) Harry Gamboa Jr.
Vaporz (1984) Harry Gamboa Jr.
Baby Kake (1984) Harry Gamboa Jr.
Blanx (1984) Harry Gamboa Jr.
Agent Ex (1984) Harry Gamboa Jr.

Fearless Leader (1985) Willie Varela
In Progress (1985) Willie Varela
Juntos en la Vida, Unidos en la Muerte (1985) Willie Varela
No Supper (1987) Harry Gamboa Jr.
Border Crossing, Versions One and Two (1988) Willie Varela
Anima (1989) France Salomé España
Replies of the Night (1989) Sandra P. Hahn
Making Is Choosing: A Fragmented Life: A Broken Line: A Series
of Observations (1989) Willie Varela
Reaffirmation (1990) Willie Varela
Cronica de un Ser (1990) S. M. Peña
The Idea We Live In (1990) Pilar Rodriguez
Mujeria: The Olmeca Rap (1991) Osa Hidalgo de la Riva
Border Brujo (1991) Isaac Artenstein
Slipping Between (1991) Sandra P. Hahn
L.A. Merge (1991) Harry Gamboa Jr.
El Espejo (1991) Frances Salomé España
A History of Violence (1991) Danny G. Acosta
A Lost Man (1992) Willie Varela
Columbus on Trial (1992) Lourdes Portillo
Ramona: Birth of a Mis*ce*ge*NATION (1992)
El Mundo L.A.: Humberto Sandoval, Actor (1992) Harry Gamboa Jr.
L.A. Familia (1993) Harry Gamboa Jr.

Thanksgiving Day (1993) Willie Varela
Loner with a Gun (1994) Harry Gamboa Jr.
Fire Ants for Nothing (1994) Harry Gamboa Jr.

Border Swings/Vaivenes Fronterizos (1994) Berta Jottar
Straight, No Chaser (1995) Eugene Rodriguez
In Saturn (1996) Willie Varela
Depression (1996) Laura Aguilar
Knife (1996) Laura Aguilar
The Body (1996) Laura Aguilar
Short or Video Narratives:
Los Vendidos (1972) Luis Valdez
El Corrido (1976) Luis Valdez

Guadalupe (1976) José Luis Ruiz
Despues del Terremoto/After the Earthquake (1979) Lourdes Portillo and Nina Serrano
Seguin (1981) Jesús Salvador Treviño
Esperanza (1985) Sylvia Morales
Tormenta (1985) Juan Garza
The Royal Family (1987) Juan Garza
Who Gets to Water the Grass? (1987) Luis Meza
Esperanza (1987) Graciela Sanchez
Ojos que no ven (1987) José Gutiérrez-Gómez and José Vergelín
Corridos! Tales of Passion and Revolution (1987) Luis Valdez
Face to Face with AIDS (1988) Socorro Valdez
Mi Casa (1989) Edgar Bravo
Vida (1989) Lourdes Portillo
Albert Pastor’s First Video Project (1989) Juan Garza
Distant Water (1990) Carlos Avila
The Trouble with Tonia (1990) Juan Garza
Mi Hermano (1990) Edgar Bravo
Between Friends (1990) Severo Perez
Always Roses (1990) Luis Avalos and George Figueroa
I’ll Be Home for Christmas (1990) Robert Diaz LeRoy
The Detour (1991) Joseph and Raul Tovares
La Pastorela: The Shepherds’ Tale (1991) Luis Valdez
The Bike (1991) Gary Soto
Bedhead (1992) Robert Rodriguez
The Pool Party (1992) Gary Soto
Tanto Tiempo (1992) Cheryl Quintana Leader
How Else Am I Supposed to Know I’m Still Alive? (1993) Evelina Fernández and José Luis Valenzula
La Carpa (1993) Carlos Avila
The Ballad of Tina Juarez (1994) Juan A. Uribe
Cruel (1994) Desi Del Valle
Mi Pollo Loco (1995) Andrew Durham, Rico Martinez, and Victor Vargas
El Corrido de Cherry Creek (1995) Gwylym Cano
Pretty Vacant (1996) Jim Mendiola
Foto-Novelas (1997) Four-part dramatic series: “Seeing Through Walls,” “In the Mirror,” “Mangas,” “The Fix” Executive Producer: Carlos Avila. Episode directors: Carlos Avila and A. P. Gonzalez
I.N.F.I.T.D. [I'll Not Fall into the Devil] (1997) Aldo Velasco

Feature Films:

Please, Don’t Bury Me Alive/Por Favor, ¡No me Entierren Vivo! (1976) Efraín Gutiérrez
Raíces de Sangre (Mexico, 1977) Jesús Salvador Treviño
Amor Chicano es Para Siempre/Chicano Love is Forever (1978) Efraín Gutiérrez
Only Once in a Lifetime (1978) Alejandro Grattan and Moctesuma Esparza
Run, Tecato/Junkie, Run (1979) Efraín Gutiérrez
Zoot Suit (1981) Luis Valdez
The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982) Robert Young and Moctesuma Esparza
El Norte (1983) Gregory Nava
Heartbreaker (1984) Frank Zuniga
La Bamba (1987) Luis Valdez
Born in East L.A. (1987) Richard “Cheech” Marin
Break of Dawn (1988) Isaac Artenstein
Stand and Deliver (1988) Ramon Menendez
Kiss Me a Killer (1991) Marcus de Leon
American Me (1992) Edward James Olmos
El Mariachi (1992) Robert Rodriguez
River Bottom (1992 and 1994) Robert Diaz LeRoy
. . . and the Earth Did Not Swallow Him (1994) Severo Pérez and Paul Espinosa
A Million to Juan (1994) Paul Rodriguez
Mi Familia/My Family (1995) Gregory Nava
Painflower (1995) Fred Garcia
Follow Me Home (1995) Peter Bratt
The Big Squeeze (1996) Marcus de Leon
Staccato Purr of the Exhaust (1996) Luis M. Meza
Selena (1997) Gregory Nava and Moctesuma Esparza

3 Responses to Xicana/o FIlms

  1. Wow, what a list!!! Bout to share this with the homies! Didnt even know there was a film about “Chicano Park”. If its the one in SD w/ hella murals, where do I find that?

  2. RUBY CRUZ says:

    MY NAME IS RUBY CRUZ, I WAS IN JOSE LUIS RUIZ DOCUMENTARY CINCO VEDAS AS WELL MOCTESUMA ESPARZA WAS PART OF MAKEING IT,THEY WON A EMMY,I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR THEM FOR 30YRs, I WOULD LIKE A COPY OF THIS VIDEO AND PICTURES,I WAS NEVER ASK TO GO TO THE EMMY AWARDS OR THANK FOR IT,HERE IS MY # 505-508-5865,I LIVE IN NEW MEXICO NOW.I AM ALSO THE DAUGHTER OF MANUEL CRUZ THE HISTORCAL MURALIST OF EAST LA.AND SONG WRITER OF THE SONG HE WROTE FOR AUGS 29TH, AND THE ALSO RUBEN SALAZER,MY FATHER IS THY HISTORCAL CHICANO ARTIS

  3. Nadia Aguilar says:

    What a great list! I am really ecxcited to use some of this titles in my class.

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