Efrain Gutierrez at the 2014 Cine Las Americas Film Festival

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.

Melissa del Bosque is a staff writer and a 2016-17 Lannan Fellow at The Investigative Fund.

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