Showcasing movie under the theme ‘Women’s History Month’, American Center Colombo screens another award winning independent cinema creation, ‘Real Women Have Curves’ on March 23 at 6 pm.
Directed by Patricia Cardoso and produced by George LaVoo from a screenplay by LaVoo and Josefina Lopez (based on Lopez’ play), the film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award in addition to Special Jury Prizes for both Ferrera and Lupe Ontiveros. The screenplay won the coveted Humanitas Prize and the movie was selected by the National Board of Review for Special Recognition For Excellence in Filmmaking.
The coming-of-age plot revolves around Ana Garcia, a Mexican-American teenager living in an East Los Angeles barrio. While attending Beverly Hills High School, where she is an accomplished student, she works in near-sweatshop conditions in her sister’s dress factory alongside her mother, Carmen (Ontiveros), who considers this to be her younger daughter’s vocation. But Ana, encouraged by her teacher Mr. Guzman (George Lopez), has dreams of attending Columbia.