- Language Note:
- Fifteen-year-old Ernesto Gomez finds his life squeezed between two identities, two families and three nations: the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico. This moving and informative documentary follows the teenage Ernesto as he goes on a journey of self-discovery, moving from Mexico to the USA to meet his Puerto Rican birth mother in prison and learn from her the truth about his heritage, his legacy and himself. Dylcia Pagan, a Puerto Rican patriot, was captured in 1980 in a van packed with bombs. She received a severe sentence of 55 years in jail for seditious conspiracy. Her baby boy was adopted by a loving, politically minded Mexican family and Ernesto grew up unaware of his past. When his origins were finally revealed, he decided to reconnect with his mother, imprisoned in San Francisco. The film documents his struggle for identity as he establishes a relationship with not only his mother but also her ideology. He asked the filmmakers to tell his story, as he navigates his conflicting emotions between longing for his family left in Mexico and sympathizing with his mother.
- Audience Notes:
- For College; Adult audiences.
- Originally released as DVD.
Title from resource description page (viewed May 24, 2011).
AVAILABLE ONLINE TO AUTHORIZED PSU USERS.
- Reproduction Note:
- Electronic reproduction. Alexandria, VA : Alexander Street Press, 2011. (Filmakers library online). Available via World Wide Web.
- Award of Merit, Latin American Studies Association, 2000
Berlin International Film festival, 1999
Cine Latino, San Francisco, 2001
San Antonio Cine Fest, 1999
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