Real Women Have Curves

Director: Patricia Cardoso
Total Running Time: 90 minutes
Release Date: 2002

This is the story of Ana, a first generation Mexican-American teenager on the verge of becoming a woman. She lives in the predominately Latino community of East Los Angeles. Freshly graduated from high school, Ana receives a full scholarship to Columbia University. Her very traditional, old-world parents feel that now is the time for Ana to help provide for the family, not the time for college. Torn between her mainstream ambitions and her cultural heritage she agrees to work with her mother at her sister’s downtown LA sewing factory. Over the summer she learns to admire the hardworking team of women who teach her solidarity and teamwork. Still at odds with what her mother expects of her, Ana realizes that leaving home to continue her education is essential to finding her place proudly in the world as an American and Chicana. (IMDB)

Winner, Audience Award & Special Jury Prize – Sundance Film Festival
Nominated, Grand Jury Prize – Sundance Film Festival
Winner, Youth Jury Award – San Sebastian International Film Festival
Winner, Special Recognition – National Board of Review
Nominated, Independent Spirit Award – Independent Spirit Awards
Winner, Imagen Award – Imagen Foundation Awards
Winner – Humanitas Prize