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Films in February, Movies in March Continues at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum with Quinceañera


This news story was published on February 22, 2012.
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The Charles H. MacNider Art Museum’s 2012 Winter Film Series, Films in February, Movies in March, continues this Saturday, February 25 at 2:00 p.m. with Quinceañera. Admission is FREE and open to the public. Popcorn will be provided.

Quinceañera is a look at what happens when teenage sexuality, age-old rituals, and real estate prices collide. It is a story fueled by the racial, class and sexual tensions of a Latino neighborhood in transition.

Magdalena is the daughter of a Mexican-American family that runs a storefront church in Echo Park, Los Angeles. With her 15th birthday approaching, all she can think about is her boyfriend, her Quinceañera dress, and the Hummer Limo she hopes will carry her on her special day.

But, a few months before the celebration, Magdalena falls pregnant. As the elaborate preparations for her Quinceañera proceed, it is only a matter of time before her religious father finds out and rejects her.

Forced out of her home, Magdalena moves in with her great-great uncle, Tomas, an old man who makes his living by selling champurrado–a Mexican hot drink–in the street. Already living with him is Carlos, Magdalena’s cousin, a tough cholo who was thrown out by his parents. Carlos does not disguise his disapproval of Magdalena’s arrival.

The back house rental where Tomas has lived happily for many years is on a property that was recently purchased by an affluent white gay couple–pioneers of gentrification in the neighborhood. Inevitably, worlds collide when they become entangled in the lives of their tenants.

As Magdalena’s pregnancy grows more visible, she, Carlos and Tomas pull together as a family of outsiders. But, the economics of the neighborhood are turning against them. Ultimately, this precipitates a crisis that threatens their way of life. 

Quinceañera is a 2006 feature film that is rated R (language, some sexual content and drug use) and is 90 minutes long. It is in English and Spanish with English Subtitles.

For more information about the Film Series or the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum, please visit www.macniderart.org/films.htmlor call 641-421-3666. The MacNider Art Museum is located at 303 Second Street SE, Mason City.

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