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Still from “Firmes” (2013), Lindsey Cordero and Armando Croda (screenshot by the author via Vimeo)

Thursday’s program of three short films at UnionDocs delves deep into Chicano identity, with a particular emphasis on lowrider car culture. Framed in the context of the US’s new anti-immigrant president, whose rhetoric and policies target Mexican Americans specifically, the lineup of three documentaries — the four-minute short “Pelon” (2015), the eight-minute film “Chicano” (2016), and the 54-minute “Firmes” (2013) — aims to complicate stereotypical images of Chicano culture as being dominated by gangs or defined by crime. The films hone in on the complexity and vitality of Chicano culture, from tattoo artists to car customizers, while highlighting the importance of family bonds and ties back to relatives still in Mexico.

Two of the films (“Pelon” and “Firmes”) focus specifically on communities in the Bronx, while “Chicano” examines the popularity of Chicano culture in Japan, from lowrider cars to cross-Pacific hybrid styles of dance, dress, and music. The screenings will be followed by a conversation featuring Lindsey Cordero and Armando Croda, the co-directors of “Pelon” and “Firmes.”

When: Thursday, March 2 at 7:30pm ($10)
Where: UnionDocs (322 Union Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

More info here.

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Benjamin Sutton

Benjamin Sutton is an art critic, journalist, and curator who lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn. His articles on public art, artist documentaries, the tedium of art fairs, James Franco's obsession with Cindy...