La Mesa explores the intersections of memory, identity and queer desire. It recreates fragmented and romanticized stories of a childhood in rural Mexico as told by the filmmaker's father. These disjointed vignettes are interwoven with queered reenactments of scenes from popular culture. The filmmaker casts himself in the old Mexican films and American Westerns he grew up watching with his family in California. He appears as the romantic lead opposite the male actors, including Pedro Infante, Mexican national hero and the filmmaker's childhood crush. The animations are laid over footage of the old family home in Mexico which now sits alone, slowly being consumed by the surrounding countryside. By centering queer desire in his family's history, the filmmaker validates his childhood experiences while challenging popular representations of masculinity as well as traditional notions of power and vulnerability.
2018 Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland
2018 Festival Images Contre Nature, Marseille, France
2018 Proceso de Error, Festival Internacional de Video Experimental, Valparaíso, Chile
2018 VIDEOMEDEJA International Video Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia
2018 Rio Festival de Gênero & Sexualidade, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2018 AMOR Festival Internacional de Cine LGBT+, Santiago + Valparaíso, Chile