La Mesa

2018 | 00:09:45 | United States | Spanish | B&W | Stereo | 16:9 | HD video

Collection: New Releases, Single Titles

Tags: Animation, Autobiography, Family, Latino/Chicano, LGBTQ, Memory, Youth/Childhood

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La Mesa explores the intersections of memory, identity and queer desire. It recreates fragmented and romanticized stories of a childhood in rural Mexico as told by the artist’s father. These disjointed vignettes are interwoven with queered reenactments of scenes from popular culture. The artist casts himself in the old Mexican films and American Westerns he grew up watching with his family in California. He appears as the romantic lead opposite the male actors, including Pedro Infante, Mexican national hero and the filmmaker’s childhood crush. Animations are laid over footage of the old family home in Mexico which now sits alone, slowly being consumed by the surrounding countryside. By centering queer desire in his family’s history, the artist validates his childhood experiences while challenging popular representations of masculinity as well as traditional notions of power and vulnerability.

Prizes + Awards

Ann Arbor Film Festival 2018, FILM Award for Best LGBTQ Film


Ann Arbor Film Festival
Ann Arbor, MI

Exhibitions + Festivals

Festival of (In)Appropriation 2019, Los Angeles

Edinburgh International FIlm Festival 2018, Edinburgh, Scotland