While most people sit in 405 traffic, Mexican-born sexpert Luan Palomera navigates the city of Angels on his skateboard and riding the metro. He takes in the smells, sights and noises from DTLA through South Central, past La Brea and over to La Cienega. We get to see Palomera’s city via his ride.
If you are a film buff saddened by the fact that you can’t go to your favorite film festivals, fear not. The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) is going to be completely digital and free to anyone who wants to enjoy this year’s film roster.
Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) is going to be free and online for everyone.
In-person participation at LALIFF has been canceled because of obvious reasons (COVID-19). However, the organizers wanted to make sure that everyone who wanted to enjoy the films could. Plus, the festival is a way for these small, independent filmmakers to get their names and projects out there. Being online opens it up to a lot more people to enjoy these films.
The festival, founded by Edward James Olmos, is a very important event for Latino films.
While COVID-19 is keeping people in their homes, LALIFF doesn’t want it to keep them away from enjoying these films. It is the 21st century and that offers filmmakers and organizers a new way to connect with their fans and cinephiles.
“We are living in unprecedented times and we must find unprecedented solutions to continue to support our Latino filmmakers and provide them with a platform to showcase their work,” Edward James Olmos, founder of LALIFF, said in a statement. “Working together with our filmmakers, musicians, partners and sponsors we will be able to celebrate our festival virtually to continue to showcase some of the most inspiring and thought-provoking Latino films of 2020 and share with cinephiles everywhere, from the safety of their homes.”
LALIFF is an integral part of highlighting and promoting Latino talent and their quick pivot to go online will give these artists more opportunity to shine.
The film festival organizers made news when they announced their virtual experience. LALIFF Connect is going to let everyone enjoy the 2020 films as well as the 2019 retrospective highlighting last year’s work. You can currently watch all of the 2019 films and shorts featured last year at LALIFF. The new films will be available from May 5 – 31.
“We are proud to advocate for Latinx artists and musicians, especially at a time where they have been hit the most and share their beautiful sounds. Be sure to dance in your living rooms and don’t worry about the door fee—LALIFF has you covered,” Managing Director of LALIFF, Alexis de la Rocha, said in a statement.
Now is a great time to watch some of the previous LALIFF features, like “Suicidrag.”
The short film is about a group of Mexican drag queens who are taking to the streets and clubs of Mexico to highlight the issues of gender stereotypes. The queens are showing the dangers those stereotypes cause when they are imposed on the consumer culture that controls so much in our societies.
They are also showing “I’ll See You Around.”
Director Daniel Pfeffer explores the complexities of a family when drugs and betrayal derail a relationship. In the film, one brother has to figure out how to salvage a relationship with his brother after he finds out his brother stole his laptop to buy drugs. This film is a tough reminder of the difficulties families must face.
So many companies are sharing their longheld secret recipes. Disney wants you to make their churros from home while Waffle House is showing us how to make their waffles. In Los Angeles, the iconic and important Guelaguetza is giving people a chance to recreate some Oaxacan classics in their own kitchens.
Guelaguetza has been serving Oaxacan food to Los Angeles since the 1990s.
Guelaguetza was one of the restaurants that famed LA food critic Jonathan Gold reviewed and put on the LA food map. Bricia Lopez, one of the children of the original restaurant owners, has kept the business running with her siblings. Now, they aren’t just running the restaurant. The family has diversified the company to bring the best tastes of Oaxaca right to your kitchen.
Recently, Bricia Lopez and Javier Cabral released “Oaxaca,” a cookbook celebrating the regionally specific dishes.
The cookbook was released in 2019 and gives homecooks a chance to create everything from Oaxacan Adobo to Frijol Blanco con Bacalao Capeado to Chiles Rellenos de Picadillo. Lopez’s family moved to Los Angeles from Oaxaca and her father was the one who decided to open a restaurant that offered Oaxacan food, not general Mexican food. Decades later, the restaurant is a James Beard-award winning institution of Los Angeles.
With so many people at home because of COVID-19, Lopez is sharing recipes from Guelaguetza and the cookbook.
Food is one of the most important things when it comes to cultural representation and identity. There is something transcendent about digging into your favorite dish that you abuela made you all the time growing up. Some foods do far more than nourish your body. They feed the soul and highlight your cultural awareness and pride.
You can learn how to make some Rojo Chicken Nachos.
The recipe uses some of Guelaguetza’s mole, which you can purchase online from the restaurant’s store. This is also a nice chance for people to really give their kitchen some love and attention. Who hasn’t wanted to find a new recipe to learn during this time? Nachos are always a crowd-pleaser and surely these will be a hit with you and anyone you are currently isolating with.
Lopez also shows us how to make some delicious Mole Enchiladas.
There is so much you can do with mole and Lopez wants to show everyone what a little mole can do. Everyone is trying to find ways to save their money and make their food last. One tip Lopez offered in a recipe is that you can save the leftovers of any mole meat you make to create chilaquiles the next morning for breakfast.
Guelaguetza has done more than offer recipes. They have stood with their employees.
The family has made sure that the people who make Guelaguetza the food destination that is are being taken care of at this time. This means that La Guelguetza’s family has delivered grocery kits and has stayed open for curbside pick up fo family meals to give their employees a source of income while mortgages and rents are still due.
If you live in the LA area and want to order some food from Guelaguetza, they are offering curbside family meal pick up Thursday to Sunday.
Supporting your local businesses is one way you can help to keep your local economy going during this unprecedented shutdown. We are all in this together and we will make it through this time.