Hecho en Tejas Competition (Short Films)

Hecho en Tejas Competition (Short Films)


These films were screened as a part of the CLA2020 Virtual Showcase


Presented in partnership with the
Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI)

Showcase Screening Order
When You Clean a Stranger's Home

When You Clean a Stranger’s Home
Sharon Arteaga
United States, Video Essay/Drama, 2020
6 min, Color
English with Spanish subtitles

A cinematic essay where Abby, a first-generation high school student, describes what she and her mom learn about people when cleaning their homes. House decor and items left around convey a privilege that unveils Abby’s imagination, jealousy, and frustrations.

Print source: Print Source: Sharon Arteaga,

Our Home Here

Our Home Here
Angela Chen
United States, Drama/Family/Action, 2019
17min, Color
English, Spanish with English subtitles

Parallel stories of broken relationships between parents and their children striving for the American Dream all revolving around one explosive night at a fast food joint in Texas.

Print source: Angela Chen,


M. Burger
United States, Horror/Drama, 2019
12min, Color

A lonely energy healer continues to push her body and her spiritual health to the brink when she is confronted with an especially physically and spiritually trying healing session in this experimental, horror short film.

Print Source: Maggie Burger,

Sigue el Sol

Sigue el Sol
Follow the Sun
JoeBill Muñoz
United States/Mexico, Immigration/Documentary, 2019
27 min, Color
English, Spanish with English subtitles

FOLLOW THE SUN is an observational style documentary that captures the everyday moments of a migrant shelter in Mexico City filled with losses, triumphs, and excruciating moments of waiting. FOLLOW THE SUN invites you to understand life in limbo.

Print source: JoeBill Muñoz,


Justin A. Rodriguez
United States, Drama, 2019
12min, Color

Darkness follows a television faith healer while he’s striving to be the best in Texas.

Print source: Justin A. Rodriguez,

Delias Pozole

Delia’s Pozole
April M. Sánchez
United States, Drama/Family, 2019
12 min, Color
English, Spanish with English subtitles

Delia is forced to spend a weekend with her estranged grandfather when her mother must leave on a last-minute trip for work. Tensions arise when Abuelo insists Delia must eat his homemade menudo, even though Delia is a vegan! Delia and Abuelo come together and bond over their shared love of food. Together they create a new cookbook inspired by their favorite family recipes.

Print Source: April M. Sánchez,

Tarcila Indigenous Solutions to Climate Change from Peru

Tarcila: Indigenous Solutions to Climate Change from Peru
Sarah Kuck
United States/Peru, Environment/Indigenous/Documentary, 2020
19 min, Color
Spanish, Quechua with English subtitles

TARCILA is a short documentary that introduces viewers to activist Tarcila Rivera Zea, a Quechua elder fighting for indigenous rights in Peru. Zea’s lifelong efforts to empower her people are growing increasingly crucial, as the weather becomes unreliable and climate change raises the stakes. Tarcila focuses on solutions, highlighting what’s working for indigenous farmers. Zea is the hero of this story, her journey shows the potential power of including women in the response to climate change.

Print Source: Sarah Kuck,