I recently heard Patsy Torres Lucero, Ph.D. discuss the findings of her dissertation on a sense of purpose. In summary, her conclusion is that our sense of purpose is tied to our beliefs in spirituality and faith. What stuck out was that she said ‘spirituality’ not religion.
Sense of purpose greatly ties in to our personal identity. The story of BLESS ME, ULTIMA by Rudolfo Anaya will have readers (and now viewers) take a look at their identity in their culture, as a part of history and in their faith.
BLESS ME, ULTIMA is a story of the relationship between a young boy, Tony, and the curandera, Ulitma, who comes to stay with his family in New Mexico during World War II. Through her teachings of the spiritual world, Tony begins to question the Catholic doctrine, good vs. evil and most importantly, his own destiny and purpose.
My blog was birthed out of discovering my Latino culture identity as a 3rd generation Mexican-American. So, I anticipate seeing this movie in hopes that:
The universal coming-of-age story will resonate with everyone.
The Latino culture ties will remind us of who we are and where we come from.
“It is important for Latinos to go and watch this film because it is talking about us. We need to show the entertainment industry that we are a force to be reckoned with.” – Alex Nogales, CEO of National Hispanic Media Coalition. Watch this short video for more responses from Latino community leaders:
BLESS ME, ULTIMA will be in theaters on February 22, 2013 in select cities. Thanks to Arenas Entertainment, ¿Qué Means What? readers have a chance to win reserved seating at the early San Antonio screening on February 20, 2013 at Santikos Silverado 16, 11505 W Loop 1604 N, San Antonio, TX 78250
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