Backstreet to the American Dream (Animated Open)

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Based in Los Angeles, Backstreet is a social impact feature documentary about celebrity, social justice, and the quest for the American Dream. This bilingual tale of two cities profiles an American entrepreneur and Mexican immigrant in the food truck industry.

Here is the 4:00 animation (in English, Spanish, and the indigenous Náhuatl language), which traces street food from a traditional lonchera in L.A. back to Mesoamerica. We discover that Náhuatl names are still used for several Mexican foods: Guacamole, Chipotle, chocolate, Pozole, and tequila to name a few. Native sounds from handmade instruments bring this section to life!

Directed by Patricia Nazario (USA)

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