Mexican Heritage

These films show protagonists discovering what their Mexican heritage means to them as they learn more about their culture. From Quinceañeras to Frida Kahlo, there is so much to learn about Mexican heritage.

All programs include theatrical screening and media education.

How to book?
Book a field trip or in-school session today.
Phone: 773.281.9075 ext. 3040

How much does it cost?
Field trips: Tickets are $6 per kid for groups of 25 or more and $7 for groups under 25. Chaperones attend free of charge based on an approximate 10:1 ratio of students to chaperones—there is a $10 fee for each additional chaperone. Refreshment packages are available.

In-School sessions: Session cost is determined by class size. We charge $8 per kid for groups of 50 or more, but there is a minimum fee of $400 for groups of 50 or less. There is an additional $100 fee for each additional 20 miles from Chicago.

P M V —indicates programs that contain profanity (P), mature themes (M), violence (V), relative to the suggested grade range of the program

Film still from Mexican Heritage Shorts Program

Mexican Heritage Shorts Program

Grades 3–5

Celebrate Mexican traditions as characters from this collection of extraordinary films explore their cultural heritage.

In an inventive child-produced animated short film, ponder poetic questions with Frida Kahlo's personal journal. In another film, Rita Moreno reveals a town's annual loving preparations to honor ancestors. What is it like to be a recent immigrant, a math whiz at school—but to struggle with cultural bias? Then, in another film, Pepe doesn't understand the big fuss his family makes with his sister's upcoming Quinceañera—until he realizes the part he gets to play in the celebration, representing the family as her chambelan.

Films: Ciscalo Ciscalo Diablo Danzon, Once I Dreamt: "A Band", Day of the Dead, El Tux, Footballers: "My Sister's 15th Birthday", Tintico's Afternoons, and My Place: Santa Maria Tlahuitpolec, Oaxaca.

90 mins with media education. Screened in English and Spanish with English subtitles.


  • John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Artworks: National Endowment for the Arts
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
  • Comer Family Foundation
  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Alphawood Foundation
  • Polk Bros. Foundation