Mosquita y Mari

Aurora Guerrero

In Los Angeles’ Huntington Park, Yolanda strives for a better life through academics, while her rebellious and charismatic neighbor Mari navigates the precarity of undocumented life with her family.

Winner of the Best First Feature Award at Outfest Los Angeles 2012, Aurora Guerrero’s refreshingly earnest portrait follows the budding friendship between two Chicana high schoolers in Huntington Park. The shining hope of her Mexican immigrant parents, Yolanda strives for a better life through academics, while her rebellious and charismatic neighbor Mari navigates the precarity of undocumented life with her family. When Yolanda begins to tutor Mari in geometry, inner uncertainties clash with outer realities, as they chart their own form of independence while bound by obligations of family and the obstacles of their working class upbringings.

Preceded by:

VIERNES GIRL

2005 | 6 min. | English and Spanish w/ English subtitles
Chila is a young Salvadoran woman whose brother Hugo considers himself a ladies’ man. But tables are turned when the merengue on her stereo draws the attention of a new friend.

PURA LENGUA

2005 | 11 min. | English and Spanish w/ English subtitles
Told in a series of flashbacks, a Xicana poet unpacks her traumatic experiences and rebuilds herself, taking on police brutality, cultural commodification, and heartbreak in the process.
Viernes Girl and Pura Lengua appear courtesy Womyn Image Makers filmmaking collective.
Showtimes
Monday, March 9th

7:00 PM

Plaza de la Raza