The film I chose to write about was Mi Familia. Mi Familia is the story of events in the lives of three generations of a Los Angeles Mexican-American family. The theme of this story is that this country has been populated by millions of humans from around the globe. People from Mexico escape religious persecution, economic disaster, or warfare. And too many of these immigrants have been tragically abused by the system that was designed to welcome them and protect them. The time period that this movie takes place was after the Revolution and the Great Depression had just begun. The great depression was the worst economic slump ever in U.S. History. The depression began in 1929 and lasted for about a decade. The main cause for the great depression was the combination of the greatly unequal distribution of wealth. What this film tells us about the Mexican-American population is that family is the most important thing in a person's life and the strength of the Latino family.
The film started in a small village in Mexico in the year of 1926 when Jose Sanchez (Jacob Vargas) moved across to California to look for a better living. The only living relative Jose Sanchez had was in Los Angeles. It took him over a year to get to the other side. Finally he reached Los Angeles. The border in those days was just a line in the dirt. El Californio was the name of the only living relative Jose had. They called the old man "El Californio" because he didn't come from anywhere else; he was born here in California when it was still Mexico. Children soon followed, first Paco then Irene. Jose Sanchez was always working in the milpa (corn in the back and beans in the front). Then came the day that everything changed, when Maria (Jose's wife) didn't come home from the market. It was the time of the great depression. Some politicians got it into their heads that the mexicanos were responsible for the whole thing.