- Cultural History, Social Issues, and Minorities
15,000 years ago, Native American women domesticated the plants and cooked the same game and fish we eat today. It’s the “comida casera,” (home cooking) of contemporary Texas Mexican American families. Comida casera was made famous in the late 1800s by indigenous businesswomen, chefs, who operated outdoor diners in downtown San Antonio. Later dubbed “Chili Queens,” the chefs were harassed and forced out of business, victims of racism.
But other women followed in their footsteps throughout the state, they kept on cooking. Chefs, artists and community leaders in San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Brownsville and other cities share intimate food experiences that shape who they are today, prevailing over a history of discrimination, dispossession and violence.
The road movie weaves through Texas cities, reclaiming Native American history and celebrating the food that kept alive the community’s living memory and heritage.
- Running time
- 88 minutes
- Virginia A Diaz-Laughlin ... Producer
- Prod. Co.
- JM Media, LLC
- United States
- Years of Production
- 2018 - 2021
- Houston TX, Corpus Christi, TX, San Antonio, TX, The Rio Grande Valley of Texas
- Prod. Partners
- The Texas Indigenous Food Project, NALAC, The Idea Fund
- Release year
- Audience Choice Award-Hill Country Fest, Best Documentary-NY Independent Cinema, XicanIndie Fest-Cultural Heritage Award,
- Broadcast (Prod.)
- Broadcast (Acq.)
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