“Segundo de Febrero to screen at the 40th San Antonio Cinefestival

Segundo de Febrero, as short documentary by Laura Varela, will premiere at the 40th edition of the San Antonio Cinefestival.


The film will open the “Puro Shorts” screening block featuring the work by Latina’s behind the camera July 8th, 2018 at 5 p.m. at the Guadalupe Theater.  The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center is at: 1301 Guadalupe Ave; San Antonio, TX 78207.   Click here for FB event page.

Segundo de Febrero was conceived by students in the mid 1970’s at OLLUSA. February 2 is the Chicano/Mexican American Commemoration Day which grew out of a resolution adopted at the Raza Unida Party State Conference in Lubbock, Texas in 1977. Segundo was born amidst the end of the Chicano Movement in an effort to keep the spirit of the movement alive. Segundo de Febrero coincides with the Catholic Celebration of La Candelaria or Advent, and the Indigenous ceremony of The Blessing of the Seeds. Today this commemoration and spiritual tradition is still going strong on the West Side of San Antonio by the parishioners of Christ the King Church and the Grupo de Danza Azteca Xinatchli. This short documentary takes us on a journey of ancient tradition’s and ceremony in modern day San Antonio.


This film is dedicated to Father Lawrence Matula (1936-2017),

Pastor at Christ the King Church 1970 to 1982

En paz descanse

Grupo de Danza Xinachtli at Christ the King Church. San Antonio, TX 2017




Laura Varela


Carlos A. González

Director of Photography

Duane Humeyestewa

Additional Camera:

Andrew Gonzales

Sandra Jean Torres


Gene Humeyestewa

Production Assistant

Sandra Jean Torres

Additional Editing

Andrew Gonzales


Jose Peregrino Flores, Capitan

Diana Abrego

Joleen Garcia

Sylvia Garza

Rogelio Smiley Rojas

Special Thanks

Father Mike Horan

Christ the King Church

Grupo Xinatchli

Pablo Escamilla

Amistades Incorporated

David Sandoval

Academia America

Laura Gonzalez

Our Lady of the Lake University Segundo de Febrero Archival Collection

SDF Planning Committee: Dr. Alma Perez, Dr. Ezequiel Pena, Carlos Gonzalez, Martha Tijerina, Rogelio Smiley Rojas, Eduardo C. Garza