This home movie captures scenes of children of all ages dancing in the Ballet Folklorico of El Paso’s 1988 Christmas Recital. In traditional Mexican costume, the children perform a variety of Mexican folk dances.
This home movie captures scenes of Alejandro Herrera’s birthday party in 1989 where children participate in a watermelon eating contest.
This student film, made by Charlie Sanchez, uses archival footage from the Texas Archive of the Moving Image to explore the experience of growing up with family on both sides of the Texas-Mexico border. The film examines how the border divides two societies, but Sanchez, through the experience of getting to know his family in […]
This home movie from the 1960s features mutliple generations of the Gonzalez family strolling the streets of a city, possibly in Mexico. Costumed little boys wear sombreros and play with toy guns. The women of the family wear nice dresses and smile for the camera.
This home movie from Houston captures scenes of a Gonzalez family wedding and the welcome home parade for the astronauts of Apollo XI following the moon landing of July 20, 1969. Scenes of an exuberant Lucy Gonzalez exiting the church open the film before the ticker tape parade down Main Street in Houston. The parade […]
This home movie from El Paso’s Cruz family captures scenes of a backyard Easter celebration where children and adults both burst cascarones, confetti eggs, on each others’ heads and enjoy guitar music played by the family. Later scenes of the family dancing are also included.
This home movie from El Paso’s Cruz family captures scenes of children dancing the Mexican Hat Dance in traditional Mexican costume, young boys performing tricks with lassos, then a fashionable adult dance party.
This home movie from 1970 features scenes of a birthday party for two Gonzalez women. They blow out the candles, pass around the cake, and dance happily for the remainder of the night.
This home movie from 1965 captures scenes of the Gonzalez family at home celebrating birthdays. Cristela Gonzalez hosts a slumber party, and keeping with strict slumber party tradition, she and her friends break out into a pillow fight. Her older sister then celebrates her birthday at a party where she and her friends dance enthusiastically, […]
This home movie documents a housing dedication at the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Tigua Indian Reservation in 1976. Tigua Chief Jos