Truly Texas Mexican Movie

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Delicious “Comida Casera,” (home cooking) of Texas Mexican American families, created by indigenous businesswomen, rose to fame in the late 1800s. Later dubbed “Chili Queens,” the innovative women chefs were harassed and forced out of business, victims of racism.
The road movie weaves through San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Brownsville and other Texas cities, naming the racism that erased the origins of Texas Mexican food, and supressed Native American history.  But intrepid women kept on cooking and creating native dishes,  flavorful creations that became classics. In the process, they  strengthened the community’s living memory and heritage. They continually build a table where ALL ARE WELCOME.

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Inspired by the award-winning history and cookbook, Truly Texas Mexican: A Native Culinary Heritage

Our production team is an international Texas-Latin America collaboration:
Chef and Author, Adán Medrano, his work has been featured in The New York Times , The Washington Post and The Houston Chronicle.

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

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

Gabriel Bendahan, Cinematographer (Uruguay) Award-winning documentary films including “Preso” and “Mandado”

Running time: 90 Minutes
Presented by The Texas Indigenous Food Project
A Production of: JM Media, LLC
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Funding Provided by 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