Documentary Feature Film

The Native American roots of Texas Mexican food serve up a plate of feminism, cultural resistance, tacos and barbacoa.
Texas chefs look boldly into the violence of colonization to offer a new culinary encounter for peace.

Inspired by the award-winning history and cookbooks, Truly Texas Mexican: A Native Culinary Heritage and Don’t Count The Tortillas: The Art of Texas Mexican Cooking

It’s Comida Casera, home cooking, of Mexican American women, and it holds the unique culinary tradition that begins 20,000 years ago when our indigenous ancestors first stepped on Texas soil.

Styled as a “road movie,” it is shot across Texas cities like Houston, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, McAllen, Harlingen, ending aboard a small boat on the waters of the Rio Grande.

Foregrounding the leadership of Mexican American women, scenes of cooking, baking, singing, feasting and barbecuing, show how food is key in the formation of identity and the strengthening of community. Over time and during conquest, Texas Mexican food sustained the memory of who we are as the indigenous Mexican American community of Texas .

But most of all, it has strengthened our spirit to look forward, adelante, and keep laboring for justice and hospitality, for building a table where ALL ARE WELCOME.

Our production team is an international Texas-Latin America collaboration:
Chef and Author, Adán Medrano, his work has been featured in The New York Times , The Washington Post and The Houston Chronicle.

Film Producer Virginia Díaz, her list of Feature Film and Television credits include: “Selena,” “The Chase,” “Rushmore,” and others.

Film Director, Anibal Capoano, his documentary films involve communities in the making, his most recent, the award-winning, “Caballitos De Lata”

Cinematographer, Gabriel Bendahan , his work in documentary and feature film-making has won awards and praise at festivals worldwide

Running time: 90 Minutes
Presented by The Texas Indigenous Food Project
A Production of: JM Media, LLC

Funding Provided by Major Donors:

  • Christine Ortega
  • Dr. Richard Jiménez
  • David Laughlin and Virginia Diaz-Laughlin

And by:
The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC), the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Surdna Foundation through a grant from the NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant Program

The Idea Fund, Houston, a re-granting program administered by DiverseWorks, Aurora Picture Show, and Project Row Houses and funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts