Eyewitness: A Filmmaker’s Memoir of the Chicano Movement by Jesus Salvador Trevino

By Jesus Salvador Trevino

Famous filmmaker Jesus Salvador Trevino participated in and documented crucial occasions within the Mexican-American Civil Rights circulation of the past due Sixties and early Nineteen Seventies. Coming of age throughout the turmoil of the sixties, Trevino recorded the struggles to prepare scholars and employees into the most important social and political circulation within the heritage of Latino groups within the usa.

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There was no easy way to do it, so I decided to just blurt it out. “It’s like gringo. ” I watched helplessly as the meaning of the diatribe from the stage sank in: death to white people. Color drained from my stepfather’s face. Then, wordlessly, he rose with what dignity he could muster and marched straight out of the auditorium. Olinda and I exchanged a dreadful look and then simultaneously rushed off after him, each of us wondering how to explain the changing world to our father. 24 Jesús Salvador Treviño At home, a family argument erupted.

What I set out for myself was nothing less than a systematic evaluation of everything that I believed in. Naturally, to be intellectually honest and thorough, it had to begin with the very basic assumption of them all: my own existence. For three weeks, I wrestled with the question of whether or not I existed at all! I reviewed variant notions of solipsism (the belief that one is the center of the universe) and examined at length the possibility that the world, as I knew it, did not exist. What if the universe was a fiction of my mind?

Someone speculated that he had a gun hidden in his army 26 Jesús Salvador Treviño jacket. ” There was laughter. But instead of feeling embarrassed or inferior, all I could feel at that moment was intense pride. On that spring afternoon in the lounge at Occidental College, I awakened to the fact that I did not have to keep up the pretense of being a model “Mexican American” anymore. Now I could be something else—myself. This new knowledge undercut all other relationships and allegiances I had forged up to that time.

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