La Serenata (The Serenade)

A Mexican-American boy learns about the tradition of serenading, and why demonstrating romantic affection proudly, publicly and through song is such a treasured Mexican custom. One day, the boy asks his parents if there is a song for a boy who loves a boy. The parents, initially surprised by the question and unsure of how to answer, must decide how to honor their son and reimagine a beloved tradition. Written by Ernesto Javier Martinez and directed by Adelina Anthony.

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ADELINA ANTHONY (DIRECTOR): A Two-Spirit Xicana Lesbiana, Anthony co-founded AdeRisa Productions in 2012, which has since produced several short films by LGBTQ+ people of color.

ERNESTO JAVIER MARTINEZ (WRITER): The award-winning queer Chicano/Puerto Rican writer and educator uses his work — both in art and academics — to explore how racially and sexually marginalized communities use literature and art to produce knowledge about their lives.

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“Imagine if we had been children who could love freely, knowing that our love is just as valid as any non-queer love that exists.” —Adelina Anthony, director

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