Selena is a biopic of the Grammy Award-winning South Texas singer whose life tragically ended just as she was taking Tejano music into mainstream US America, México, and Latin America. The movie uses Selena’s voice in the soundtrack and is a representation of her most famous live concerts. Made with her family participation, the film focuses on her upbringing as a Chicana and her family member’s negotiations with their desire of keeping their heritage alive and achieving success in the US.
ASYNCHRONOUS ASSIGNMENT (Deadline 11/16 before the class)
2. In the comment section down below answer ONE of the following prompts (2oo-words minimum).
What factors from Selena’s life and career allowed her to achieve stardom? Refer to specific scenes and/or the plot.
By referring to this scene and other sequences, discuss how the film tackles common identity dilemmas of Chicanx people.
Discuss how director Gregory Nava conveys Selena’s deep connection with the audience by using editing techniques, juxtaposed screens, and Jennifer López’s performance.
Respectfully interact with ONE of your classmates’ responses. Do you agree with their arguments and interpretations? Do you disagree? What other observations about Selena do you want to bring into the discussion?