Masa Revolution: The Backstreet to The American Dream is a feature documentary for theatrical release, which includes a brief animation that traces street food in Los Angeles back to its origins in Mexico before the Spanish conquest. We discovered that not only does much of the same food-on-the-go still exist, but that we still refer to several items as the Aztecs and Mayans did in their Náhuatl language, including guacamole, tortillas, and tamales.
Food is particularly important when you become part of a diaspora, separated from your mother culture. “It’s the last vestige of culture that people shed,” says Jennifer Berg, director of graduate food studies at New York University.
Highlights from the opening animation: