Politics. Just seeing the word anywhere these days seems to trigger a defense mechanism for a lot of people. More than ever there is a wide divide in party lines and ideas. Everyone has their own opinion on how the government should be run and who should be running it. The conversation alone is often a taboo topic now because of the tension that comes with it.
Now often times this does become a topic of conversation at the dinner table with your family. A lot of times these dinner tables include a wide variety of age groups and social status that make for very different perspectives and thus different opinions. But is this conversation different in a Hispanic household? Is there are a smaller gap between ideas here?
This is the topic of Miriam Kruishoop’s short film, Estilo Americano. This film tells the timely story of a Mexican-American family that is divided by their political views. The meal that starts off as a typical family gathering, turns into an explosive showdown when those with opposing political ideas clash. While they all argue with one another, some shocking truths are revealed that they were never unaware of.
Estilo Americano stars Lidia Porto (Get Shorty), Antonio Jaramillo (Mayans M.C.), Zuleyka Silver (In Time), Lombardo Boyar (Coco). Goya Robles (Get Shorty), Ruben Garfias (Get The Gringo), J. Teddy Garces (The Sessions) and Jessica Meza (East Los High).
We had the opportunity to sit down with Kruishoop to talk about her short film. Here we discuss her motivations to make the film and the process of how to represent various viewpoints in different characters. For me, this film was very impactful because of the fact that it was like looking in a mirror into my family. Despite all growing up in the same household, as adults, we have all gone our separate ways and thus have different opinions on many subjects.
You can check out the interview down below! Then be sure to follow the link at the bottom to where you can watch the film now at Los Cortos!