Columbus on Trial

Lourdes Portillo

1992 | 00:18:00 | United States | English | Color | Stereo | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Latino/Chicano

In this political satire featuring the comedy trio Culture Clash, sharp dialogue, physical comedy, and state of the art video techniques are used to dramatize a mock trial of Columbus in a present-day courtroom. With a “Spanish-by-way-of-Mexico” judge presiding, Columbus on Trial hits on the complexities of Latino identity in America while slicing into the kitschy consumer icons and buzzwords that stand for racial and ethnic identity in contemporary society. Claiming among his achievements bringing the horse, the wheel, and Julio Iglesias to the New World, Columbus fights for his symbolic life as the “discoverer” of America.

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Exhibitions + Festivals

Videonale Bon, 1993

Dallas Video Festival, 1993

Outfast (LA, CA.), 2004