Pochonovela: A Chicano Soap Opera

1996 | 00:26:38 | United States | English | Color | Mono | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Activism, Holiday, Latino/Chicano, Performance, Post-colonialism

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Pochonovela is a bilingual, bicultural blend of Latin America’s and the United States’ most popular television genres—the telenovela and the sitcom, respectively. The humor and madness of life in East Los Angeles are captured here in performances by members of the Los Angeles-based comedy troupe, Chicano Secret Service, and other U.S. Latino actors. This provocative comedy touches on political, social, cultural, linguistic, and family issues attendent to the cross cultural life of Mexican Americans living near or on the border—both psychologically and geographically. Music composed by the band Cholita. 

Prizes + Awards


Honorable mention: San Antonio Cine Festival of Latin American Short Film & Video



Plaza de la Plaza, Los Angeles, California