Public Programs: Media Projects Production

Period of Performance

10/1/2022 - 5/31/2024

Funding Totals

$536,733.00 (approved)
$536,733.00 (awarded)

Voces de las Abuelas: Grandmothers' Food Stories from the Borderlands

FAIN: TR-287589-22

University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA 90089-0012)
Amara Suzanne Aguilar (Project Director: January 2022 to present)
Sarah Portnoy (Co Project Director: September 2022 to present)

A documentary series on Mexican and Mexican American food culture in the borderland cities of El Paso, Los Angeles, and Tucson.

A 4-part documentary series that explores how individual, regional, national and transnational identities are shaped, contested and negotiated through food practices and culture by recording and filming the unique food cultures of Mexican and Mexican-American grandmothers living—and cooking—in distinct Borderland cities rich in Mexican and Mexican-American culture and cuisine: Los Angeles, El Paso and Tucson. The featured abuelas include a range of different voices--recent migrants, second and third-generation Mexican Americans, Afro Mexicans, and Indigenous Mexican women, all varying in age, occupation, and social class.