Cosas de mi Vida, 24 min, 1976
Strand spent more than twenty years documenting her friend Anselmo Aguascalientes’ life, creating a stunning trilogy of films — Anselmo (1967), Cosas de mi Vida (1976), and Anselmo and the Women (1986) — tender portraits that are also glimpses into poverty, resourcefulness, perseverance, and patriarchy. – Canyon Cinema
For most of her filmmaking career, the integrity of Strand’s vision lay aslant of prevailing fashions, so that only belatedly did the full significance of her radically pioneering work in ethnographic, documentary, feminist, and compilation filmmaking — and above all, in the innovation of a unique film language created across these modes — become clear. Though feminism and other currents of her times are woven through her films and though her powerful teaching presence sustained the ideals of underground film in several film schools in the city, hers was essentially a school of one. – David James
All stills, photographs, and artwork courtesy Canyon Cinema and ©Chick Strand Estate/ Canyon Cinema. Screening co-presented with Canyon Cinema.