Mosquita y Mari


Set in a predominately Mexican, immigrant neighborhood in Los Angeles, Mosquita y Mari tells the story of two 15-year-old Chicanas growing up. As a sheltered, only-child to her older, immigrant parents, Yolanda’s sole concern is securing her college-bound future. In contrast, street-wise Mari hustles to help her undocumented family stay above water. Though much different, they are soon brought together when Mari is threatened with expulsion after saving Yolanda from an incident at school. The two forge a friendship that soon proves more complex when a moment between them reveals a sexual undercurrent.

for more information:

New York Times Review

Assignments for the film:

(en Español)

1. ¿Cómo describirías la relación entre Mosquita y Mari? ¿Cómo se complica? ¿Y cómo reaccionan las dos cuando la relación se complica?

2. ¿Qué representan los padres de Mosquita y de Mari? ¿Piensas que representan bien a los mexicanos en los Estados Unidos?

3. Las dos son hijas de padres inmigrantes: ¿Cómo afecta eso sus vidas y actitudes? ¿Cuál es el papel de la inmigración en esta película?

(in English)

1. How would you describe the relationship between Mosquita and Mari? How does it become complicated? And how do the two girls react when the relationship gets complicated?

2. What do the parents of Mosquita and Mari represent? Do you think that they represent well Mexicans in the United States?

3. The two are daughters of immigrant parents: How does that affect their lives and attitudes? What role does immigration have in this film?

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