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Film: Mi Vida Loca

June 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Experience this 30th anniversary screening of Allison Anders’ powerful film about “homegirls” surviving gang life and relationships in Echo Park.

**Allison Anders’ personal 35 mm print**

Set in Echo Park, MI VIDA LOCA film consists of several anecdotes about Latina teenagers who are “homegirls,” or girlfriends to gang members. The first story is about “Sad Girl” and “Mousie” whose friendship is tested when they both become pregnant by “Ernesto.”

The brief second story is about Ernesto training the quasi-comic character “Whisper” to become a drug dealer. The third story is about “Giggles,” a symbol of female empowerment, who leaves prison after serving time for her now-deceased boyfriend and is now determined to leave the gang life behind for something better.

The last story is a tender love story about Sad Girl’s sister “La Blue Eyes” who falls for a man in prison.

Director Allison Anders’ film debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in 1993 and was released to acclaim in 1994, with critics applauding its realism. Anders worked with non-actors and Echo Park community members to create this realistic, difficult story about sisterhood and sacrifice, and it has since become a cult classic.

MI VIDA LOCA was nominated to the National Film Registry in 2023.

Note: This film has an R rating and includes scenes of graphic violence.

92 mins.

Allison Anders
Director of MI VIDA LOCA ( “My Crazy Life”)

Join the low rider scene to see vintage low riders and classic cars cruising Broadway ahead of the film. Low riders from the film MI VIDA LOCA courtesy of Tattoo Louie and Cruising Back 2 Route 66.

Stay in your seats after the screening for a FREE Q&A about the historic Palace Theatre.

The films in this series are presented as originally created during a different time period and may contain negative attitudes, language, and depictions of people and/or cultures. The Los Angeles Conservancy does not condone these representations.

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