I'm not sure if everyone already knows about this event but wanted to let you know about a film screening tomorrow night that seems to connect quite nicely to what we've been discussing in class and also just looks rather interesting. Description of it is below...
Aurora Guerrero will show her new film, Mosquita y Mari, on September 21, 2012 at 7pm in Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema at Swarthmore College. The screening will be followed by a question and answer session.
Mosquita y Mari is a coming-of-age story that focuses on a tender friendship between two young Chicanas. Yolanda and Mari are growing up in Huntington Park, Los Angeles and have only known loyalty to one thing: family. Growing up in immigrant households, both girls are expected to prioritize the well-being of their families. Yolanda, an only child, delivers straight A's and the hope of the American Dream while Mari, the eldest, shares economic responsibilities with her undocumented family who scrambles to make ends meet.
Guerrero was born in San Francisco, California to Mexican immigrant parents. She attended Berkeley and Cal Arts. In 2005 Guerrero was selected as a Sundance Institute Ford Foundation film fellow. While there, she participated in the NativeLab Fellowship with her script for "Mosquita y Mari." In 2012, Guerrero made her feature film debut at the Sundance Film Festival with Mosquita y Mari. Guerrero focuses on collaborative work with her communities, creating art forms that offer opportunities for dialogue and education.