Little Village Street Scenes + Smash Plan 21 Cutaways / Murals 10/29
Date Of Production
16mm footage of outtakes from an unfinished documentary film about murals in Chicago. The scenes depicted here focus primarily on Little Village, while also featuring murals created in protest of the controversial Chicago 21 Plan development (also referred to as the Plan for Central Area Communities).
Film begins with street scenes of Little Village: close-ups of store fronts featuring Mexican film posters (Viva la Risa, Pueblo Maldito, etc.), people walking, and business signage indicating that most of this footage was shot on W. 26th St.
Signage for Sonoro Electronic on 3836 W. 26th St., and a medical clinic nearby in building number 3840 are clearly shown. The sign for Liberia Giron, a family-owned chain of bookstores specializing in Spanish-language books and located at 3547 W. 26th St. can also be seen.
The film ends with shots of murals protesting the Chicago 21 Plan development, including the famed Smash Plan 21 which muralist Jose Guerrero worked on.