Efraín Gutiérrez’s landmark independent feature from 1977 offers an in-depth look at South Texas Chicano culture in the Vietnam era. Commonly considered the first Chicano feature film, Please, Don’t Bury Me Alive! was added to the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry in 2014. The film inspired an independent film movement in Mexico, where the state controlled the industry, and among Chicano filmmakers in the United States, who further refined Gutiérrez's successful grassroots marketing strategy.
Los Angeles: Dec. 11 at the Billy Wilder Theater.