BY JADE SALAZAR
Ask any lesbian to remember their friendships growing up and you are sure to find numerous tales of intense and sexually charged friendships full of unspoken intimacy. These relationships perhaps never ventured beyond a glance or a touch but felt just as real as any other. In some cases, we took that next step, but in most, we were too young and confused to even grasp those feelings of desire, longing, and sometimes even jealousy.
Herein lies the beauty of Aurora Guerrero’s new film “Mosquita Y Mari.” This already award winning Sundance film explores the delicate friendship between two young Chicanas growing up in Huntington Park, California. We are introduced to the straight-A and timid Mosquita, also known as Yolanda (Fenessa Pineda) and the rebellious new girl Mari (Venecia Troncoso), and the intimate undercurrent that takes hold of their instant friendship. Sparked when the persistent Yolanda sees potential in her new neighbor, she begins tutoring her in math. The two quickly realize they have more in common than they thought, as they bond over the struggles of coming into their own and the pressures of growing up.
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