With director Lourdes Portillo
SUNDANCE 6 | FRI NOV 9 | 3:00 PM | Q&A
Director: Lourdes Portillo
Running time: 47 min.
Perceptive and compassionate, Portillo’s tribute to Tejana superstar Selena emphasizes her transformation from a popular entertainer into a Chicana cultural icon turned modern-day saint. Murdered at the age of 23 by the president of her fan club, Selena’s fame endures today. Authentic home videos, news stories, concert footage and music videos are interspersed with commentary from her father, her sister, Latina intellectuals and ordinary people from her hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas, all exploring and affirming the singer’s lasting influence.
“Corpus traces Selena’s life from a Latina feminist perspective … Portillo’s film makes astute and sometimes pointed observations about celebrity, class, beauty, fame, and culture,” notes Belena Acosta of the Austin Chronicle.
Shown with Corpus is Conversations with Intellectuals about Selena (1999, 58 min.). An outrageous and lively exchange among leading Chicana intellectuals who debate the value of Tejana icon Selena’s status as a role model, the film offers a fresh look at the voice and image of this uniquely enduring Mexican-American icon.