A film by Sylvia Morales

1979 | 23 minutes | Color | 16mm/DVD | Order No. 99314


CHICANA traces the history of Chicana and Mexican women from pre-Columbian times to the present. It covers women's role in Aztec society, their participation in the 1810 struggle for Mexican independence, their involvement in the US labor strikes in 1872, their contributions to the 1910 Mexican revolution and their leadership in contemporary civil rights causes. Using murals, engravings and historical footage, CHICANA shows how women, despite their poverty, have become an active and vocal part of the political and work life in both Mexico and the United States.


"A well-researched and spirited documentary made with much love."

Linda Gross Los Angeles Times


Sylvia Morales

Sylvia Morales has directed, written, produced and edited award winning and nationally recognized film and video work for the last 30 years. She directed episodes from the three seasons of Showtimes' groundbreaking series, Resurrection Blvd, working with actors Elizabeth Pena, Lou Gossett, Jr., Michael De Lorenzo and Esai Morales. She also wrote and directed for the Showtime series, Women: Stories of Passion. Morales was one of the producing and writing teams for the award winning series, Chicano! The Mexican Civil Rights Movement for PBS. She directed for the ACE and Emmy nominated six-hour series, A Century of Women, which focused on 20th century U.S. women for Turner Broadcasting, Ms. Morales headed the Latino Consortium at KCET in Los Angeles from 1981-1985. She was responsible for the programming, production and distribution of programs that aired on PBS. During her four-year tenure at KCET, Ms. Morales hosted the Latino Consortium's weekly national series, Presente, and produced and directed Emmy nominated and award winning programs. Ms. Morales produced, directed, shot and edited the widely recognized film, CHICANA, in 1979. Ms. Morales has been the recipient of the following awards: the prestigious Rockefeller Fellowship Award in Media; a participant in the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Women; a Fellow from the National Endowment of the Arts; the VESTA Award which honors the outstanding contribution of Southern California women to the arts; and she was honored with a Salute to Latinas Award for distinguished work in her field from the city of Los Angeles. She was also honored by Comision Femenil Mexicana Nacional's 20th Anniversary celebration for "Latinas in Film and Television." (8/14)


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