Piece meant to make us think about the differences in how we internally and publicly recognize the value of a mother’s and father’s contributions within a nuclear family.
“Trabajo” is a short film that captures my parents working in a house they can call their own–except it’s in Mexico. My mother gives a brief insight on how the family decided to migrate to the U.S. permanently–shortly after the birth of the fifth and last child, me.
Her voice travels effortlessly through my room
This short film captures my father interacting with the figurative land of his home country and the physical land of his receiving country. These binational activities and conversations feed our nostalgia and build generational knowledge of self.
The initial intent of this physical (and now partially digitized) journal titled cuaderno-de-mantel, was to collect pieces of people I knew and pieces of people I would meet. Read further to find out about this journal’s journey–you might find some inspiration for your own trajectory.
Stressed and sleep deprived by the pressures of a nearby graduation, you find the homie and videographer, Vladimir and I driving from Westwood toward East Hollywood to catch an interview with Quetzal Guerrero, alias QVLN. Because we much rather document his excellence than suffer through another two hour lecture. And as soon as we step out the car, there he is, waving to us from his window with a welcoming smile on his face.
It’s this Chicana’s first time in New York, all the way from East LA. So besides learning how to cross streetlights like death doesn’t phase me, I am also determined to learn more about OVEOUS, a self-identifying Afro Caribbean poet and music artist raised in NY.