American Me by Edward James Olmos

19 Oct

American Me directed and starring Edward James Olmos, is a biographical drama about the Mexican mafia culture and also prison culture.  While the film was too graphic and gritty for my liking it was very interesting how much gang life was apart of Mexican-American society in Los Angeles.  It was almost inevitable that someone would have a gang member affiliation to their family, and you can see that even though it served as a way to protect their families, it in turn destroyed them as well.  While watching the film I kept wondering how this could be related to our class, so I am very curious to see how our discussions will be.  Overall, the film was a interesting account of how life was in East Los Angeles, but personally it just wasn’t my cup of tea.


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