Fiesta San Antonio

Julián P. Ledezma / San Antonio Current

When I first looked through the 2018 San Antonio Film Festival program, I immediately knew I was going to see the “Hometown Heroes Short Films Block.” Partly because I am a native San Antonian and partly because I saw the film “Cornyation” listed in that time block.  The 20-minute short features beautiful cinematography, archive footage, thoughtful narration, and clever editing. It strikes the perfect balance of being entertaining while providing an accurate history of the annual event.

©Betsy Newman Photography / Courtesy of Fiesta® San Antonio Commission

San Antonio's largest citywide celebration, Fiesta, has come and gone. However, there’s one more Fiesta story to tell — and it’s one you don’t hear that often: Quite a few San Antonians don't actually like Fiesta, or at very least, they’re conflicted about it.

Photograph courtesy of Fiesta® San Antonio Commission/© Betsy Newman Photography

John Phillip Santos, a San Antonio writer, journalist, and filmmaker, attended San Antonio Fiesta events as a child. His grandmother pointed out  that “ ‘This was a celebration of the defeat of the Mexicans,’ ” Santos said.


Photograph courtesy of Fiesta® San Antonio Commission/© Betsy Newman Photography

This week on Fronteras:

  • Stress in families often leads to child abuse and neglect.
  • Immigrant families often suffer an additional amount of stress (0:00).
  • And Fiesta is coming to a close this weekend in San Antonio. Some people believe the 11-day celebration carries racial undertones (13:48).

 


©Betsy Newman Photography / Fiesta® San Antonio Commission

There're the parties, the pageantry and, of course, the parody.

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