In the seventies, filmmaker Efrain Gutierrez recorded the pain, the struggle and the injustice of life in his west San Antonio barrio on a 16mm camera. Against all odds, he became a sensation for making gritty feature-length films that defied Hollywood stereotypes and broke the Mexican monopoly over Spanish language theaters in the U.S. Read more about his work in “With a Camera in His Hand.” Melissa del Bosque interviews Gutierrez at the Cine Las Americas film festival in Austin where his recently restored films are screening through Sunday.
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Melissa del Bosque is a staff writer and a 2016-17 Lannan Fellow at The Investigative Fund.