A Generation of Dreams

On this Oscars Weekend, we offer a blast from the past with some notable stars ⭐️ who have earned their American film stripes.

MY FAMILY, MI FAMILIA stars Jimmy Smits, Esai Morales, and AFI Board in a story about three generations of a Mexican American family living in East Los Angeles. The film was co-written and produced by AFI Conservatory Screenwriting Discipline Head Anna Thomas. 

Starring Jimmy Smits, Edward James Olmos, and Esai Morales, today’s film about a Mexican American family was directed by Gregory Nava and written by Nava and this #CityImages treat still resonates today.  

A major motion picture that traces over three generations an immigrant family's trials, tribulations, tragedies, and triumphs. Maria and Jose, the first generation, come to Los Angeles, meet, marry, face deportation all in the 1930s.

They establish their family in East L.A., and their children Chucho, Paco, Memo, Irene, Toni, and Jimmy deal with youth culture and the L.A. police in the '50s. As the second generation becomes adults in the '60s, the focus shifts to Jimmy, his marriage to Isabel a Salvadorian refugee, their son, and Jimmy's journey to becoming a responsible parent.