“La Recua” will be screened at the SD Latino Film Festival

The documentary reconstructs the story of the mule train in Baja California Sur, Mexico. A traditional saddler traveled 20 days keeping a pack of donkeys.

BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR, Mexico — The San Diego Latin Film Festival kicks off its 29th annual showcase with 200 films, food, art and music.

This is an opportunity to see more closely films sometimes narrated by Latinos while featuring Latin actors and actresses.

After a two-year hiatus, the film festival is finally in person instead of virtual. From now on, moviegoers, directors and producers are all delighted to find themselves in cinemas.

After going virtual for the past two years, moviegoers were at Westfield Mission Valley to enjoy the first week of the Latin film festival.

“It’s more than exciting, there’s nothing better than watching a film in a cinema, in front of a big screen, with an audience,” said Moises Esparza, head of exhibitions at the Film Festival. latin.

With the event returning in-person, the festival will feature Latino business, art and music.

Twenty-nine years ago, the festival was created because many Latino filmmakers thought there was a disdain for Latino films. Feeling underrepresented, the festival decided to challenge the status quo of filmmaking and announced a festival spotlighting Latino filmmakers.

“It’s about championing Latinx stories, Latinx filmmakers, Latinx stories, Latinx perspectives in a very authentic way,” Esparza said.

Latin films are screened in four different auditoriums at Westfield AMC in Mission Valley.

One of these movies being, “La Recua” told by Darío Higuera Meza, 70, a traditional saddler who travels 20 days by mule and herds a pack of train donkeys in Baja California.

“No script, we knew Dario wanted to tell the story behind the merchant pack trains of 80 to 100 years ago on the peninsula,” said Trudi Angell, who is one of the producers and co-directors. of the documentary.

She adds that traveling by mule has always been part of the culture of small Mexican villages. Due to the rugged mountainous country, locals have no choice but to travel by mule.

However, as technology continues to evolve, these traditions are dwindling.

That’s why this film focuses on how Meza fears that the old tradition will eventually be forgotten and lost forever.

“It has to do with raising his grandson and educating him about the evolution of ranching on the peninsula, and I’m excited to share that with everyone,” Angell said.

Just like movies like “La Recua”, hundreds more films will be shown to celebrate the hard work of Latino filmmakers in these films.

By March 20, films will be shown at the AMC Cinema, you can also purchase festival passes here.

WATCH RELATED: National City Latina Chiefs Featured in Documentary, Screening at SD Latino Film Festival (March 2022).

Gerald R. Schneider