A Cultural Experience Since 1977

The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (MCCLA) was established in 1977 by artists and community activists with a shared vision to promote, preserve and develop the Latino cultural arts that reflect the living tradition and experiences of the Chicano, Central and South American, and Caribbean people.

MCCLA makes the arts accessible as an essential element to the community's development and well-being.

Upcoming Events

  • Diez Fridas

    Diez Fridas: Collective Exhibition

    5399

    Opening: Tues July 17th, 2018
    6:30pm to 9pm • Donations Welcome
    Ch'In Kana Gallery (3rd floor)
    Runs through September 5, 2018
    Tues to Sat • 10am to 5pm

    Diez Fridas is a collective presentation about faces and symbols of the artistic universe of Frida Kahlo. Ten visual artists show us their conception of the figure and permanence of a great artist.

    Curators: Maria Motta, Alejandro Meza.

    List of artists:
    Carlos Pillado
    Jhovany de la Ala
    Mara P Hernandez
    Maria Motta
    Marsha Shaw
    Roberto Marosi
    Sonia Leticia
    Shane Izykowsky
    Sakino Wu
    Victor Navarrete

    Information contact: events@missionculturalcenter.org

  • Desierto

    Cine Con Cultura: Desierto

    5732

    Wed Aug 15, 2018 • 7 to 9pm
    $7 Donation • Theatre • 18+

    We are exploring many different layers of Cinema, this month we are presenting Busqueda! Documentaries and films about the search for missing persons, the search for better life opportunities, and the search for oneself. Movies with subtitles in English.

    Desierto. Jonás Cuarón. 2016

    A group of Mexican migrant workers seek a better life by crossing the US border illegally; when the truck carrying them breaks down in the middle of nowhere, the driver points the migrants and his partner Mechas in the direction of the United States and wishes them luck. Moises (Gael Garcia Bernal) is also a member of the migrants and follows as the group splits in two while trying to pass the border.

    Sam (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is a merciless, rifle-toting vigilante who, with his faithful but vicious Malinois dog, Tracker, hunts for rabbits near the border and notices the group trespassing; with the help of Tracker and the use of his M1 Garand rifle, Sam kills most of the group, including Mechas and leaves Moises and Adela (Alondra Hidalgo) as the sole survivors after a long chase. Unable to follow the last two, Sam decides to continue his hunt the next day and leaves with Tracker.

  • Memoria del Silencio en el País de la Eterna Primavera

    4687

    Aug 16, 17, 18, 23, 24 & 25, 2018
    First floor theatre • $25 • 7pm

    Memory of Silence in the Land of Eternal Spring: a new play by Linda Maria Girón.

    Set in the land of eternal spring, in a town where the ghosts sing with the living, roses grow larger than cattle and nearby villages have gone missing; young Mari's quest to find her father's ghost becomes a desperate fight to restore her aunt's fading memory.

    Together, la familia Noguera must face the boundaries of love when tested by the realities of life—aging, war and illness.

    About the author: Linda Maria Girón is Guatemalan-American actor and playwright born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She holds BA in Theater and Performance Studies at UC Berkeley where she was awarded the Roselyn Schneider Eisner Prize for Acting and Playwriting and Michael Mansfield and Randy Sweringen Social Justice Award for her play, Memoria del Silencio en el País de la Eterna Primavera.

    Her short play, white iris, received its first premiere at Pianofight's Shortlived VI. Linda has performed in various companies across the Bay, including the New Conservatory Theater Center, BATCO, Brava Theater Center, Actor’s Ensemble of Berkeley, The Utopia Theatre Project and FaultLine Theater where she is also an associate artist. She is honored to receive her first theatre residency with MCCLA to stage Memoria del Silencio’s world premiere.

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  • La Jaula de Oro

    Cine Con Cultura: La Jaula de Oro

    5737

    Wed Aug 22, 2018 • 7 to 9pm
    $7 Donation • Theatre • 18+

    We are exploring many different layers of Cinema, this month we are presenting Busqueda! Documentaries and films about the search for missing persons, the search for better life opportunities, and the search for oneself. Movies with subtitles in English.

    La Jaula de Oro. Diego Quemada Diez. 2010

    The 1987 film, and the song, the plot concerns immigration to the United States from Latin American countries. However, unlike the earlier film that concerned itself with a successful and middle-aged Mexican immigrant, the plot of this film deals with younger undocumented immigrants.

    Samuel, Sara and Juan, three teenagers from Guatemala, decide to leave poverty by going to the United States. After crossing the Mexican border by boat, they find another immigrant, a Tzotzil native called Chauk who does not know Spanish but is able to befriend Sara. When they arrive in the town of Chiapas, they busk for money to eat and drink but are later caught by Mexican Immigration Police agents, who steal Juan's boots and threaten Chauk with a gun, before deporting all of them back to Guatemala

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