“Truly Texas Mexican”
a documentary feature film
The Native American roots of Texas Mexican food serve up
tacos, feminism and cultural resistance
Premieres in March on
Amazon; Apple TV; Google TV and on Select PBS TV Stations
Over time and during conquest, Texas Mexican food (not tex-mex) sustained Native American memory and identity. Cooking foods like nopalitos, deer, mesquite and tortillas, indigenous women led the cultural resistance against colonization.
It’s the “comida casera,” (home cooking) of contemporary Texas Mexican American families. Comida casera was made famous in the late 1800s by indigenous businesswomen, chefs, who operated outdoor diners in downtown San Antonio. Later dubbed “Chili Queens,” the chefs were harassed and forced out of business, victims of racism.
But other women followed in their footsteps and now tell their story. The road movie weaves through Texas cities, naming the racism that erased Native American history and celebrating the food that kept alive the community’s living memory and heritage. Chefs, artists and community leaders open up about intimate food experiences that shape who they are today.
Food narrates who we are and constructs new ways of understanding what it means to be “American.” Texas Mexican food offers a new type of cultural encounter. One of understanding, building a table where ALL ARE WELCOME.
Running time: 90 Minutes
A Production of: JM Media, LLC
For release in March, 2021 on Amazon, Apple TV, Google TV and on local PBS stations
Film Website: https://trulytexasmexican.com/
Cinematographer, Gabriel Bendahan , his work in documentary and feature film-making has won awards and praise at festivals worldwide
Funding Provided by Major Donors:
- Christine Ortega
- Dr. Richard Jiménez
- David Laughlin and Virginia Diaz-Laughlin
The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC), the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Surdna Foundation through a grant from the NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant Program