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10th Anniversary with a special screening of Real Women Have Curves

March 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm PST
Mello Henry J Center For Performing Arts Free

Join us in celebrating our 10th Anniversary with a special screening of Real Women Have Curves and a conversation with the film’s screenwriter Josefina Lopez! 

WFF safety protocols, include masking and proof of full vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test within 48 hours for all film screenings, no exceptions.

Los protocolos de seguridad de WFF incluyen el uso de la mascarilla y prueba de vacunación completa o un resultado negativo de prueba de Covid-19 (realizada máximo 48 horas antes) para todos los programas, sin excepción. 

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This year the Watsonville Film Festival has chosen to honor Real Women Have Curves, a landmark American independent film on its 20th Anniversary, with an in-person screening. The film stars America Ferrera in her first feature film.

Los Angeles-based screenwriter Josefina Lopez, who based the story on her own life, will be our special guest.

Tickets are FREE (donations appreciated!) with general admission seating. Ordering your ticket online will secure you a seat, and you will be entered into a raffle for a WFF T-Shirt!

Come early to reconnect with your WFF friends, take photos on the red carpet, check out new merch and purchase delicious comida from local taco truck Tacos El Jerry, starting at 4:30!

Doors open at 5:30pm.


The coming-of-age story revolves around Ana Garcia (America Ferrera in her first role), a Mexican-American teenager living in an East Los Angeles barrio. While attending Beverly Hills High School, where she is an accomplished student, she works in near-sweatshop conditions in her sister’s dress factory alongside her mother, Carmen (Lupe Ontiveros), who considers this to be her younger daughter’s vocation. But Ana has dreams of attending college. Before achieving her goal, she must try to balance her mother’s traditional view of women with her own contemporary ideas while dealing with self-image issues and exploring a new romantic relationship. Director: Patricia Cardoso. [90 min. Rated PG-13]

Una historia sobre los retos y sueños de una joven mexicoamericana (América Ferrera), Mujeres de Verdad Tienen Curvas fue basada en la obra de teatro de Josefina López, quien escribió sobre su propia vida como hija de inmigrantes en Los Ángeles.

Recientemente la película fue incluida en el Registro Nacional de Cine de la Biblioteca del Congreso de Estados Unidos. La película recibió dos premios Sundance cuando se estrenó en 2002. Fui incluida la exposición inaugural del Museo de la Academia Cinematográfica.

Real Women Have Curves is enormously entertaining for moviegoers of any age (it won the Audience Award at Sundance 2002). But for young women depressed because they don’t look like skinny models, this film is a breath of common sense and fresh air. Real Women Have Curves is a reminder of how rarely the women in the movies are real. -Roger Ebert

A charming and funny story of clashing cultures and a clashing mother/daughter relationship. – Laura Bushell, BBC

March 12
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mello Henry J Center For Performing Arts
250 East Beach Street
Watsonville, CA 95076 United States

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