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Mi Vida Loca My Crazy Life Allison Anders. Mi Vida Loca Its strengths Best mainstream film on Chicano gangs Best mainstream film on Chicano gangs Its.

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1 Mi Vida Loca My Crazy Life Allison Anders

2 Mi Vida Loca Its strengths Best mainstream film on Chicano gangs Best mainstream film on Chicano gangs Its attention to details of everyday life Its attention to details of everyday life Its faithful rendition of the style, stance, posture, gestures, the mannerisms and speech of so many Homegirls (ala American Me) Its faithful rendition of the style, stance, posture, gestures, the mannerisms and speech of so many Homegirls (ala American Me) Used an authentic location, using authentic characters Used an authentic location, using authentic characters

3 Its Strengths Authentic nicknames such as Blue Eyes, Giggles, Whisper, Sad Girl and Mousey Authentic nicknames such as Blue Eyes, Giggles, Whisper, Sad Girl and Mousey Emphasis on sisterhood and survival as independent and single women—female solidarity Emphasis on sisterhood and survival as independent and single women—female solidarity Does not glamorize violence, shows its tragic human consequences Does not glamorize violence, shows its tragic human consequences Welcomed community members into the film (Salt of the Earth-Bread and Roses) Welcomed community members into the film (Salt of the Earth-Bread and Roses)

4 The Criticisms Confirmation of negative stereotypes of Chicanas as welfare dependents Confirmation of negative stereotypes of Chicanas as welfare dependents Its nihilism, (belief that all values are baseless, extreme pessimism, no beliefs, no loyalties—F. Nietsche) its downbeat resolution Its nihilism, (belief that all values are baseless, extreme pessimism, no beliefs, no loyalties—F. Nietsche) its downbeat resolution Plays “on every stereotype ‘mainstream’ America thinks about urban gang life”—Rosa Arrieta Plays “on every stereotype ‘mainstream’ America thinks about urban gang life”—Rosa Arrieta It depicts teenagers without ambition, “drifting downward into chaos and dead-end lives—Susan Gerhard, “True Colors,” San Francisco Bay Guardian, August 3, 1994 It depicts teenagers without ambition, “drifting downward into chaos and dead-end lives—Susan Gerhard, “True Colors,” San Francisco Bay Guardian, August 3, 1994

5 Rosalinda Fregoso The Critique Homegirls don’t get pregnant from the same guy—they have more respect than that Homegirls don’t get pregnant from the same guy—they have more respect than that A Homeboy does not obsess over a lowrider truck at the expense of his kids A Homeboy does not obsess over a lowrider truck at the expense of his kids Rival gangs fight over turf, never over a car Rival gangs fight over turf, never over a car Anders got the “form” of gang culture— not the “substance” Anders got the “form” of gang culture— not the “substance”

6 Fregoso continued Unrequited love—comes from Anders’ own story—transferred this to the affair between La Blue Eyes and El Duran Unrequited love—comes from Anders’ own story—transferred this to the affair between La Blue Eyes and El Duran The lowrider truck segment was an invention by another screenwriter (Kurt Voss) The lowrider truck segment was an invention by another screenwriter (Kurt Voss) The part about two homegirls becoming pregnant from the same guy is taken from a story her daughter heard on the streets The part about two homegirls becoming pregnant from the same guy is taken from a story her daughter heard on the streets

7 Fregoso, continued Left untold is the elaborate support network of mothers, grandmothers, aunts who visit them in jail, bail them out, help deliver, feed and take care of their babies Left untold is the elaborate support network of mothers, grandmothers, aunts who visit them in jail, bail them out, help deliver, feed and take care of their babies The battle between Chicano gangs is over the control of turf and scarce economic resources, not over lowrider trucks The battle between Chicano gangs is over the control of turf and scarce economic resources, not over lowrider trucks


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