Truly Texas Mexican, The Movie

Truly Texas Mexican, The Movie

“Truly Texas Mexican”

 a documentary feature film

The Native American roots of Texas Mexican food serve up
tacos, feminism and cultural resistance

Based on the best-selling book, “Truly Texas Mexican: A Native Culinary Heritage In Recipes” by Adán Medrano, published by Texas Tech University Press.

Premieres March 21, 2021
on Amazon, Google TV and Apple TV

Over time and during conquest, Texas Mexican food 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.

DURATION: 90 minutes
PRESENTED BY: The Texas Indigenous Film Project

PRODUCTION TEAM: An international Texas-Latin America collaboration:
Executive Producer, Writer, Adán Medrano, his work has been featured in The New York Times , The Washington Post and The Houston Chronicle.

Producer Virginia Díaz, her list of Feature Film and Television credits include: “Selena,” “The Chase,” “Rushmore,” and others.

Director, Anibal Capoano, his documentary films involve communities in the making, his most recent, the award-winning, “Caballitos De Lata”

Cinematographer, Gabriel Bendahan , his work in documentary and feature film-making has won awards and praise at festivals worldwide

Editor, Bill Moore, his work in feature film editing has garnered awards and include “Hubble-Secrets” for the Discovery Channel, “Darkness into Light”for PBS

Sound, Scott Szabo, his award-winning work on feature films and television shows include “Sanitatum” and “One Crazy Christmas”

Major Donors:

  • Christine Ortega
  • Dr. Richard Jiménez
  • David Laughlin and Virginia Diaz-Laughlin

And by:
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

The Idea Fund, Houston, a re-granting program administered by DiverseWorks, Aurora Picture Show, and Project Row Houses and funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts


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