The documentary, produced by USC professor Sarah Portnoy and directed by filmmaker Ebony Bailey, shares the food stories of ten Indigenous, mestiza, Mexican-American, and Afro-Mexican grandmothers in Los Angeles. It is being shown as part of the exhibition of the same name, currently on display at LA Plaza Cocina, located at LA Plaza Village.
The documentary reveals the abuelas’ relationship to Mexican cuisine, their birthplaces in Mexico, and the city of Los Angeles, where the grandmothers live. The women share their personal journeys as immigrants as well as their knowledge about traditional dishes. These grandmothers have cooked, preserved, and passed on Mexican food culture, while creating communities and cultures that are unique to Southern California.
A panel discussion featuring the filmmakers and the abuelas will take place after the screening. Light refreshments will be served.