Mosquita y Mari


Thu, Apr 26

   9:30 / Kabuki

Sun, Apr 29

   6:30 / Kabuki

New Directors

USA, 2011, 82 min


Aurora Guerrero
Chad Burris
Aurora Guerrero
Magela Crosignani
Augie Robles
Ryan Beveridge
Fenessa Pineda, Venecia Troncoso, Joaquín Garrido, Laura Patalano, Dulce Maria Solis
The Film Collaborative, 418 Bamboo Lane, Suite A, Los Angeles CA 90012. EMAIL:

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.

—Joanne Parsont

This is a Cinema by the Bay film. New Directors Prize Contender.

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Aurora Guerrero

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Aurora Guerrero studied film at UC Berkeley and Cal Arts. After relocating to Los Angeles, she directed two short films, Pura Lengua, which debuted at Sundance in 2005, and Viernes Girl, which won the 2005 HBO/New York Latino International Film Festival short film competition. “I’ve been motivated to write from a personal place,” she says, “because there’s such a huge absence of Chicana/Latina/queer/female-centered stories in the film industry that resonate as real and that offer a smart, critical perspective on our communities.” Mosquita y Mari is her feature film debut.