Actors Discuss Chicano Film 'Bless, Me Ultima'

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An award-winning work of Chicano literature will have a chance to become a classic in a new medium now that it's been made into a film set to launch this weekend.

"Bless Me, Ultima" is a coming-of-age story of a young boy, Antonio, developing his understanding of morality and values while questioning the role of the Catholic Church. Set in 1940s New Mexico, Antonio is guided by title character Ultima, a traditional Native American healer, as he navigates tensions between farmers and cowboys, Spanish and English speakers, and indigenous and Catholic beliefs.

The semi-autobiographical account by Rudolfo Anaya was published in 1972 and was lauded for its interpretation of Chicano identity.

The film stars Luke Ganalon as Antonio, Miriam Colon as Ultima and Benito Martinez as Gabriel, Antonio's father.

Univision reporter Daniela Ganoza spoke to Ganalon and Martinez about their participation in the film. Catch the video above.

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