Eyewitness: A Filmmaker’s Memoir of the Chicano Movement by Jesus Salvador Trevino

By Jesus Salvador Trevino

Famous filmmaker Jesus Salvador Trevino participated in and documented an important occasions within the Mexican-American Civil Rights circulation of the overdue Sixties and early Seventies. Coming of age throughout the turmoil of the sixties, Trevino recorded the struggles to prepare scholars and employees into the biggest social and political circulate within the historical past of Latino groups within the usa.

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Shortly after my birth, my father took my mother and me to live with the extended Treviño family clan in Crystal City, Texas, a small agricultural community a hundred miles south of San Antonio, Texas. The Treviños—five brothers and two sisters—had expanded the elder Treviño’s produce business and were making regular deliveries to the produce mart in downtown San Antonio. For my mother, life with the extended Treviño family soon became unbearable. The matriarch of the Treviño clan was a forceful woman who pampered her boisterous sons and demanded of their wives and her daughters total allegiance to the family.

Chávez indicated for us to sit in the grass. His talk was simple, direct, and brief. He explained the current struggle facing the farm workers. They had recently won a major victory over the Shenley farms, but their struggle to unionize the campesinos (farm workers) working for the grape growers of the Delano valley was far from complete. He thanked us for our contributions but stressed the ongoing needs of the farm workers. His clothing was modest: dark pants and a short-sleeved plaid shirt. I was wearing jeans, one of the multicolored flower shirts that had been my trademark in college, and leather sandals.

I received four A’s and a B+. ” The next semester, I was moved from the low-achieving track to the “academic” track, and found myself in classes with college-bound students. But the respect of the Mexican-American students did not bolster my self-esteem. My entry into the academic track brought on intense insecurity. I felt like an ugly duckling masquerading as a swan and believed that my true nature would be revealed at any moment. My skin was brown. I had distinctively Indian features. And my poverty was betrayed by the shoddy clothing I wore to school.

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