chicano cinema

800 words total, in-text citations
Chicana/o/x CinemaDr. Carrizal-Dukes


Journal assignment due by Saturday, Feb. 26th before midnight. Submit online through

Journal must be typed, 12-point font, easy to read font, double-spaced. Also, include your name
at the top.

Review the assigned articles: 1) “Notes on Chicano Cinema” (1980) by Jason C. Johansen and 2)
“From Selena to Walkout an Interview with Moctesuma Esparza” (2009) by Kathryn F. Galán.

Also, review the short film clip “Baby Kake” (1984) by Harry Gamboa and the feature length
film “A Better Life” (2011) by Chris Weitz.

This assignment is worth 5 points (5% of your final grade).


Discuss the following:

1) Identify and discuss (1) quote in “Notes on Chicano Cinema.” Pick one quote from the article
that stood out to you the most and discuss why it stood out to you. What is something new that
you learned from this article? (worth 1 point)

2) Identify and discuss (1) new thing you learned about Moctesuma Esparza’s role in making
Chicanx films. (worth 1 point)

3) In the short film clip “Baby Kake,” the mom character is relieved when her baby dies. Why is
she relieved? Describe her relationship with the father of the baby? What is the meaning or
message in this film? (worth 1 point)

4) In what ways is the film “A Better Life” a form of expressionism? Discuss at least (2)
examples from the film to support your argument. (worth 2 points)

You may list/number your responses to make it easier for grading. The journal needs to be at
least 800 words total. Please include the word count at the end of your journal.

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