Saturday, May 17, 2008

CINEreactionRANT Numero DOS: Luis Valdez, Corky Gonzalez, I Am Joaquin, and Zoot Suit

My Riverside Mexican Cinema class leaves the feminist stylings of María Novaro and Danzón for the Chicano tapestries of Luis Valdez this week; here is our screening for TUESDAY, I Am Joaquin a film collage riffing off the poetry of Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzalez!

part one

part two

the writer


Your typed, proofwritten, double-spaced, 250-word (1 page, double-spaced), cleverly titled response to this prompt is due IN CLASS, Thursday, May 22. NO ONLINE POSTINGS, NO ONLINE NADA.... You are welcome to include along with your writing an illustration, drawing, photoshopped collage, sketch, painting, photograph that echoes your fine prose! Here's the prompt:

Having immersed yourself in MEXICAN film all semester, we jump-cut this week into the minds and imaginations of Chicanos--Mexicans of American descent--with Luis Valdez's adaptation of I AM JOAQUIN and his cinematic adaptation of his stage-play ZOOT SUIT. As we move from the liminal space of Mexico to the United States, what stays the same and what changes with regard to these cinematic projects!? Be brief, but SPECIFIC and DYNAMIC.... write better than you can and as if your life depended on it!

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