@angelawakened mobbed for photos after tonight’s #MiVidaLoca screening. I’d never seen so many women in a movie theatre, and never seen so many pairs of Nike Cortez, as I did tonight. There was so much positive energy in this crowd. Beautiful to see and be a part of.
@angelawakened (aka Sad Girl) taking questions, lots of questions, from a sold out crowd at @drafthousesf. An awesome detail about tonight: @keegskeegskeegs said the Alamo Drafthouse team was only able to find a 35mm film print of #MiVidaLoca in France. They had it shipped over, and so we all watched the movie with French subtitles.
My mom was ecstatic to find Mi Vida Loca on a Blockbuster Video shelf in 1994. Back then she didn’t have the time or money to see any movie in theaters. She was too busy with classes at Phoenix College, working two jobs, and raising my brother and I. She’d been waiting months to see this movie. Here — for the first time any of us could remember — was a film from the perspective of chicanas. I was 10 when we watched this movie at home, and I remember really liking the action, the cars, the pretty girls. But the best part for me then was seeing my mom react to the drama and humor of the movie, and then her excitedly dissecting the movie to my brother and I after. I can’t imagine what it would be like to try and explain Mi Vida Loca to two boys, 10 and 8. But she shared how much it meant to her to see a movie about being a woman, being a mother, growing and making mistakes, the struggle to find a way to make the most of what you got. The music. The fashion. There was a lot she could relate to—and even the parts she couldn’t she appreciated. I’ve seen this movie more than a dozen times since then and of course my mom is the first thing I think of when I see it. Second to her, I remember how much this movie meant to my middle school girlfriends. It’s tragic that more than 20 years later there’s still really no films like this I can think of. I’m thrilled we have TV shows like @vida_starz and @cwjanethevirgin and @odaatnetflix coming from Latina perspectives, but we need so much more. There are so many stories that have simply never been told. In times like these—when there are so many racist, anti-immigrant, sexist, all around xenophobic attacks on our communities—our stories need to be heard arguably more than ever. For me, getting to see this film in a theatre, on a big screen feels like a gift. Wish my mom could have been there with me.
Got to spend some time this weekend showing a young man I’m super proud of, @joseph24v, around the Mission. We walked through many (not not all) of the barrio’s murals and talked about how they reflect SF past and present. And the resilience and resistance of the native, migrant, artistic, and working class communities that make up this city. The Mission is my favorite part of SF, and a neighborhood I draw a ton of inspiration from. It was a blast to share a bit of this great city with him. He’s spending the summer in The Bay on his break from the University of Arizona. He’s a Wildcat like me. He’s my primo’s son. And he’s a smart young man with a ton of creativity and a big heart. I’m excited to see what great things he’ll get into in the future. @bigdpatches and @tina.v_ have done a great job raising this kid. #BearDown#Familia