Saturday, October 20, 2012
Mosquita y Mari
On Tuesday, as a part of National Coming Out Week, I attended a screening of the film, Mosquita y Mari. There were three reasons as to why I can say I enjoyed the movie. The first is that this film gives visibility to queer narratives that are often overlooked or forcibly silenced, in this instance it brings to light queer faces from working class communities of color, specifically latin@. Secondly, I enjoyed the film because it was very visually captivating. In terms of the cinematography, there were certain scenes where the audiences very much felt a part of Mosquita's and Mari's environment or these shots heightened the poignancy of certain emotional moments by relying completely on visual cues rather than dialogue. Lastly, I liked that there was no labeling of the sexuality of these two women. By approaching it this way, I feel like Aurora Gurrero 1. makes the narrative more universally appealing. It becomes a simply story about young love, and the various sensations and feelings we often experience during that time. Additionally, it makes the story more realistic. Maybe because of a lack of queer representation in reality, these women couldn't recognize queer love as it was taking place, or didn't have the vocabulary or knowledge of identity categories to label it, but the absence didn't keep them from emotionally recognizing it.