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Chicana/o Studies Research Guide

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Below is a list of feature films from the SWANK database that recount various fictionalized accounts of the Latinx experience. 


undefined La Bamba A biography of Ritchie Valens, the young rocker who died in a 1959 plane with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper.
undefined Broken Horses The bond between two brothers is tested by the USA-Mexico border wars.
undefined City of God Based on the novel by Paolo Lin about gangland violence in the slums of Rio in the 1960s and '70s. Shifting alliances result in a brutal gang war, which is documented on film by an amateur photographer.
undefined Frida Best Actress nominee Salma Hayek stars as Mexican surrealist Frida Kahlo in this biopic, which chronicles her turbulent marriage to Diego Rivera, her political activism and the severe pain she experienced following a bus accident.
undefined Like Water For Chocolate   A young woman is forbidden to marry the man that she loves, and then she secretly discovers a magical skill in the kitchen that will keep their love alive.
undefined El Mariachi A wandering guitarist is mistaken for a hit man in a small Mexican town.
undefined West Side Story Rival New York street gangs war in Manhattan over turf boundaries while two youths fall in love, but they are from opposing groups.
undefined Zoot Suit   Luis Valdez weaves a story involving the real-life events of the Sleepy Lagoon murder trial — when a group of young Mexican-Americans were charged with murder — resulting in the racially fueled Zoot Suit Riots throughout Los Angeles