Antontia (extra credit)

Thoughts about film Antonia?  How does connect to things we have talked in class?


Last day Dec 7


8 thoughts on “Antontia (extra credit)

  1. I liked the film, parts of it were hard to keep up with and understand what she was talking about. Personally I didn’t really get the point of putting how she had an orgasm while but maybe I just missed the point. I think the film really connected to the idea of racism and keeping people down like what talked about before the first exam.

  2. I thought that this film was hard to follow in the beginning and really made me put pieces together throughout the story to be able to understand it. I think that an introduction about the film in more detail would be very helpful. The talk at the end allowed me to understand what was going on in the end, but I still left with a little confusion. Many of the topics that were in the film are related to what we have learned in class. The film told us about how the US did not admit or want certain races such as Chicanos. It showed the audience what it was live to live as a Chicano. For example after the 2nd world war the immigration changed to the pacific northwest. Chicanos were all workers, the American dream was unapproachable for them. Chicanos had a hard time of getting an education because there were few schools that taught Mexicans. This relates to racial secretion that we learned about during class. It really showed how racism directly affects peoples lives and their families. Death was also very common with Chicanos, from accidents to illness and sorrow. These are all causes of racial superiority and segregation. I believe the film did a good job in describing what a Chicanos life was like and how racism and separation affected them, but I got a little confused on certain parts such as the orgasm.

  3. I thought that the film was pretty difficult to follow because of the way she put together Antonia’s story. I did find her story to be very informational and interesting but I think it would have been easier to understand some important parts if it was in chronological order. Her story was interesting because I had no clue that chicanos moved to the Pacific Northwest and would go to Eastern Washington because it was kind of a homecoming with people of similar lifestyles. I liked how we got to hear her story directly from her because it was more personal than someone else talking about the many things she had been through.
    Her story was similar to what we have been talking about in class because she shares the many hardships that came along with being a chicana. They suffered with employment because once they graduated high school it was hard to find a job outside of agriculture. She also shared how she struggled to share and study the Chicana history. This all ties back to the class discussions of discrimination.

  4. I thought the film was very interesting, as others have said it was a little hard to follow but I think it was very engaging. The film touched many different points we have talked about in class but in a very different way. Antonia is a very well educated woman who was essentially laughed at by white male scholars when she said she wanted to be a historian studying the history of Chicanos, and more specifically women. Her story is just another example of how discrimination exists at the institutional level and this preexisting structures within society have constantly held minorities back, even those who are more than capable. Antonia’s story also relates back to class discussion because she explains all the difficult things she had experienced within in her Chicano community and how those experiences have served as barriers for many of her people. Her story is very inspiring because she was able to overcome all of those obstacles the best she could and was able to end up very successful.

  5. From my perspective there were some parts of the film that were very interesting but at points it was difficult to follow. I think there was a lot of information that could be learned when Antontia sat down with the two other women who she helped through their graduate studies. Their discussion about their experiences going through grad school and the problems that encountered them along the way really helped me see how difficult it was for non-white males to get through grad school.

    I had a hard time following along with Antonia’s stories from her childhood, along with her impact on her time in San Antonio. I got really tripped up at those points and could only pick up on bits and pieces of her impact on the community that she influenced so much. I think that re-watching the film would most likely solve many of the issues that I had understanding the film the first time.

  6. The film was definitely different. It is not really something I would have chosen to watch. It was a little confusing at first and it didn’t really hit me until about half way through with what she was talking about. To me the film was about her being gay and how that effected her life. I don’t really understand the point of her home town and why that was such a huge part of the film. The homosexuality though is something we have talked about in a class and is apart of race and discrimination against a certain group. Some parts of the film were definitely not needed, such as the orgasm part. Also, another part that to me seemed unprofessional in the making of the movie was in the beginning when the actor was reading off the script. I don’t think this movie really taught anything to the people who watched it, but it was interesting to see where this woman grew up and her life in the town she grew up. But I don’t think it was really necessary. This is just my opinion, it may be different for others but not something I would tell people to watch and to me not very much relevant to the class. Another speaker/movie might be a better option.

  7. At first I was having trouble following the video but once I understood what she was talking about, everything clicked into place. She was talking about how her sexuality influenced her life. What struck me most about the video was how honest and vulnerable she was. This documentary was not only about her attraction to the same sex but it was also about conflicts she experienced her entire life. She brought us into the deepest most personal parts of her life, exposing us to her family life such as her alcoholic dad to the first time she realized she was attracted to other woman (orgasm part). I could tell it was hard to talk about as I watched the film, like the part where she just wanted to meet a relative close to her; she was standing even standing in front of their house, and could not knock on the door. She is a beacon of hope for so many people and holds such a strong position among other Chicano women; I find it inspiring that she is still so positive even though she has been through so much. When Antonia and her two friends that she met through grad school were talking about their struggles they had to experience to not only as their quest to have a study the history of female Chicanos, but also their sexuality at this time. They were not only harshly judged by men for their career path but because they were a minority woman and also a homosexual. This ties into most aspects of our class discussions because it is three different types of discrimination. For Antonia to accomplish anything, she not only had to get passed one discriminatory issue, but three. And she had her struggles find jobs because of it, yet she fought back to break barriers for her people. I thought this video was inspirational, although it was a little hard to follow, I can recognize how strong Antonia is and admire all she’s been through hand what she stands for.

  8. Due to my limited artistic ability, I think is very difficult to keep up with the rhythm of the film. In this film, we get the information has always been some of the fragments until the end of the film when I think back to the previous clip, I got some general ideas. Antontia is a very Ideal and honest woman. Her honesty surprised me quite a lot. Her to express their views can be very natural to discuss some of their own very private topic. By understanding the narrative of her and her students. We know her thoughts. As a chicana. Her experience can be said to be representative. For example chicana on minority issues in her experience are more or less reflected in the community. This information can be associated with the content of our classroom, in addition to this course, we can also learn from them after class.

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