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The KUT Longhorn Radio Network Presents: Mexican American Experience Collection

Audio recordings including interviews, music, and informational programs related to the Mexican American community and their concerns in the series "The Mexican American Experience" and "A esta hora conversamos" from the Longhorn Radio Network, 1976-1982.

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Title:
Seguin: The Movie, Its Director And Its Critics
Program #
1981-47
Theme:
Culture

Series:
Film
Host:
Linda Fregoso
Guests:
Jesús Treviño, Juan Rodríguez, Rosuara Sánchez
Date:
Sep 1, 1981

Seguin: the movie, its director and its critics

In this episode, Linda Fregoso examines the upcoming film Seguin, based on the life of Juan Seguin, and explores its implications for Chicanos with the film’s director, Jesus Trevino, and Rosaura Sanchez and Juan Rodriguez, two scholars of Chicano Studies. Trevino explains that he made the film because he wanted to highlight Chicano contributions to U.S. history, a subject textbooks have largely ignored. Moreover, he believes that Seguin’s life contains many of the conflicts Chicanos face today. However, Sanchez sees Seguin as a sell-out, manipulated by Anglos to work for U.S. expansion. She believes that focusing on his story obscures the atrocities Mexicans experienced during and after the Texas Revolution.

Throughout the episode, Fregoso and the various guests explain some of the context of the Texas Revolution and Seguin’s history. Trevino believes that the prejudice that forced Seguin, a wealthy landowner, to flee Texas can reveal some of the problems poorer Mexicans encountered—problems, which, he argues, originated in a cultural conflict that exists to this day. Sanchez counters that Chicanos cannot identify with Seguin or his problems because they stem from his class background. Rodriguez agrees and argues that focusing on Seguin’s life is an attempt to create heroes, patterned after Anglo role models, for the Chicano community. Rodriguez believes that the Chicano community does not need historical heroes because they look to the everyday heroes in their own families. Sanchez concludes that she hopes future films will offer more realistic portrayals of Mexican Americans. (The movie is scheduled to air on PBS Jan. 1982)

 

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