Posts in category "film"

Cesar Chavez film opens today

Cesar Chavez film opens today
Across the U.S., Mexican-Americans and other Latinos are gathering with families and friends to go see the Cesar Chavez movie, which opens today. This is the first feature film about Chavez, who co-founded the United Farm Workers with Dolores Huerta. It is directed by Mexican actor, Diego Luna, co-produced by Chicago-connected actor John Malkovich. It... Read more »

Three Mexicans win Oscars

Three Mexicans win Oscars
Alfonso Cuarón is the first Mexican and also the first Latin American director to win an Oscar for best director. Cuarón’s film “Gravity,” a technical achievement with a powerful narrative, won several other Oscars in technical categories. But not everybody in Mexico was cheering for Cuarón. Some criticized him for not making enough films with... Read more »

Chicanísima Cultural Calendar: Hispanic Heritage Month

Chicanísima Cultural Calendar: Hispanic Heritage Month
There are many Latino events in Chicago this month as Sept. 15 marks the start of Hispanic Heritage Month. On Friday, Sept. 6, a concert in Pilsen, “Rise Up, Tear Down,” is being organized by Moratorium on Deportations Campaign (MDC). It features Shining Soul, a band from Arizona that plays music about the U.S.-Mexico border... Read more »
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Relive the Buena Vista Social Club

Relive the Buena Vista Social Club
I saw Compay Segundo perform in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 2002. He is one of the musical stars of the film “The Buena Vista Social Club” that will show as part of Millennium Park’s Summer Film Series in Chicago tonight at 7:30 p.m. On that night that I saw the man in concert, who was 95... Read more »

We are the Nobles mocks class in Mexico

We are the Nobles mocks class in Mexico
“We are the Nobles” is the title of a new movie out in Mexico or in Spanish, “Nosotros los Nobles.” It examines the class system in Mexico where the wealthy shop at luxury malls and the poor struggle to buy tortillas. The story focuses on three rich and spoiled Mexicans who lose their fortune and... Read more »

Chicanísima Cultural Calendar: April 2013

Chicanísima Cultural Calendar: April 2013
We’re still waiting for spring to arrive in Chicago, but there are plenty of reasons to get out of the house this month. Here is a selection of events that may interest Chicanísima readers. Chicago Latino Film Festival The film festival in its 29th year began April 11 and continues through April 25. There are... Read more »
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Inocente and Sugarman: Latinos in Oscar-winning docs

Inocente and Sugarman: Latinos in Oscar-winning docs
You didn’t see any Latino actors nominated for the major acting roles at this year’s Oscars. But Latinos in real life were the subjects of the two documentaries that won Oscars. “Inocente” won the Oscar Sunday night for documentary short. It tells the story of a young homeless immigrant artist who was undocumented. And “Searching... Read more »

Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz wed and Spain wins the World Cup. But you won't find me waving the Spanish flag and cheering !Ole!

I have a love-hate relationship with Spain. Cruz and Bardem starred together in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.” I love Spanish actors like Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, and you may have heard that they recently tied the knot. They are one beautiful, talented Oscar-winning couple. I love Penelope in all of the films by one of... Read more »