USA, 2011, 82 min
Ticket info: The following screenings of this film are "At Rush": Thu Apr 26, 9:30, Sun Apr 29 6:30
The power of cinema includes the experience of seeing your own story reflected on the big screen. For filmmaker Aurora Guerrero, this was an experience she thought she’d never have—unless she made it herself. What she’s created is a painterly, earnest and beguiling coming-of-age tale of two Chicana teens in the midst of the delicate adolescent dance of self-discovery and sexual awakening. Set in the predominantly Latino community of Huntington Park—a neighborhood of Los Angeles that goes virtually unnoticed in the shadow of downtown—Guerrero’s subtle exploration of friendship and love between two young women feels both unique and utterly familiar. Yolanda is the straight-A student with the sweet smile and hard-working immigrant parents who hope she will achieve everything they did not. Mari is the rebel with the smoldering looks and adventurous nature who works part-time to help her undocumented mother pay the rent. When circumstances bring them together as neighbors and study partners, their immediate connection surprises them, leading each to think, feel and act in ways she had never contemplated. Infused with the culture of its community and propelled by the stellar performances of its female leads, Guerrero’s debut feature is an assured work that puts the Chicana experience firmly on the cinematic map.
This is a Cinema by the Bay film. New Directors Prize Contender.