Based on the award-winning history and cookbook,
“Truly Texas Mexican: A Native Culinary Heritage In Recipes.”
Texas cooks, scholars, artists and activists tell their personal story: how the indigenous Mexican food of Texas shapes who they are. But no, don’t call it tex-mex!
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.
Cinematographer, Gabriel Bendahan , his work in documentary and feature film-making has won awards and praise at festivals worldwide