My Family

Synopsis: This epic film traces over three generations an immigrant family's trials, tribulations, tragedies and triumphs. Jose and Maria, the first generation, come to Los Angeles, meet, marry, face deportation all in the 1930s. They establish their family in East L.A., and their children Chucho, Paco, Memo, Irene, Toni, and Jimmy deal with youth culture and the L.A. police in the 1950s. As the second generation become adults in the 1960s, the focus shifts to Jimmy, his marriage to Isabel (a Salvadorian refugee), their son, and Jimmy's journey to becoming a responsible parent.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Gregory Nava
Production: New Line Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
128 min

that the Mexicanos

were responsible | for the whole thing.

I mean, they were taking up | a lot of jobs...

jobs that were needed

for what they called | "real Americans."

I have to get home | to my children!

Por favor, senor. | Please.

So La Migra made some big sweeps | through the barrio,

and they rounded up | everyone they could.

No! I live here.

No! I belong here.

Senor, por favor. | Senores.

I can't help you, lady.

Move it!

It didn't matter if you were | a citizen, like my mother.

If you looked Mexicano,

you were picked up | and shipped out.

She had just been | out shopping.

She wasn't allowed | to come home.

My father was never told.

She was all alone, | and she was pregnant.

All these things really happened.

The year was 1933.

Lock her up!


Okay, roll her out!

The Southern Pacific Railroad

made the US government a deal.

For $14.75 a head,

they took the Mexicanos

all the way back | into Central Mexico,

hoping they would never | be able to get back.


I remember the day they buried | El Californio in the backyard.

He left a will and left | everything to my father,

but he made it very clear

he didn't want to have | nothing to do

with the pinche church | or the pinche government.

He wanted to be buried | right behind the house,

under the cornfield.


And El Californio said | exactly what he wanted

written on his grave marker.

"Don Alejandro Vazquez, | El Californio,

died 1934.

When I was born here, | this was Mexico,

and where I lie, | this is still Mexico."

My mother kept her promise,

and when my brother Chucho | was old enough,

she set off | on her long journey home,

but the rains came early | that year.

She had gone too far | to turn back.



No! No!



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Gregory Nava

Gregory James Nava (born April 10, 1949) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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