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With Leo Chavez, María Herrera-Sobek, Francisco Lomelí, Belinda Campos, Raúl Fernandez, Mario García, Ellen McCracken, Eleanor Guzman

Inner Borderlines follows Alejandro Morales around Southern California as he explores a variety of topics that concern the Chicano/Latino community including: history, immigration, race relations, ethnicity, family, labor, education, religion, memory, gender, power, border, borderlands, and the fantastic.

Recognized by many as a pioneer of Chicano literature and precursor of bilingualism-he writes in Spanish and English-, Morales presents a unique vision of America, different from the image that the United States projects abroad.

Morales has authored several historical biographies in which he tells the fictional story of a character’s life using historical personages and events, bringing together his love for both history and writing. His works are examples of Miguel de Unamuno’s idea of Intra History, writing about the significance of the lives of ordinary people; of Linda Hutcheon’s theory of Historiographic Metafiction, the practice of writing aware of theory, history and fiction as strategies to rethink and reevaluate the past; and Irving Stone’s practice of writing biographical novels.

He considers that the sites between epistemological discourses have coalesced and are continuously intersecting. In reference to any one of his books Morales says “If you read my books like works of history, you are reading fiction; if you read my books like works of fiction, you are reading history.” He believes that creative, imaginative works are equal in importance as empirical works, perhaps even more important as catalysts for inquiry and change.

Alejandro Morales is happy to engage students interested in writing in a “Writer in the Studio” conversation where he describes the inspiration, research and writing of each of his novels and his current projects. Contact us at to coordinate his visit to your campus.

About the Director
Luis Mancha was born in Madrid and has a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology. He is currently a Professor in the Sociology and Audio-visual communications department at the University of Alcalá. He has written many articles, and published a book entitled: Kronen Generation. An Anthropologic Approach to Literary World in Spain (UAH, 2006). In addition, he is the chairman of the UNESCO Chair on Afro-Ibero American Studies.

Throughout his career, he has focused on two fields: the academic world and the audio-visual world. In the latter field he has worked as a writer and director on TV programs such as Fahrenheit (Channel9), on TV travel documentary series such as Se Busca… Centroamérica (TVE) and ANDÉN8, on short films such as Instructions to Delete a Normal Guy (Instrucciones para eliminar a un tipo vulgar), Are you happy? (¿Es usted feliz?), 42 Million of Minutes and Plus (42 millones de minutos y pico), and on documentary films such as Inner Borderlines. Visions of America Through the Eyes of Alejandro Morales.


“This documentary provides a series of unique visions about Southern California and ultimately about America.”CASA DE AMÉRICA

“Inner Borderlines is a must see, it gives a future vision on the relationship of the U.S. with Mexico, from which emerges that something good might be expected.” – Ángela Ruiz , EL PALOMITRÓN

“[Alejandro Morales] is a true pioneer in Chicano literature and one of the most outstanding, powerful, and innovative writers on the Chicano experience.” – Mario García, Professor of Chicana and Chicano studies and history at UCSB

“Professor Morales’ fiction engages the formation of the Mexican American experience…He brings alive the roots of the Mexican American culture and shows different paths for its evolution in the future” – Louis DeSipio, Director of the Center for the Study of Democracy, Professor of Political Science

Notes on Film

Inner Borderlines is the image that guides this documentary and represents the idea of multiculturalism. So we follow the writer and professor Alejandro Morales, in his journey around Southern California as he tries to understand many issues concerning the Latino population in California and the U.S. society. It deals with ideas such as the first immigrants to California; The Californios and how California was taken over by Anglo-Americans; how the city of Irvine came to be; the heart of Orange County: Santa Ana; what a Barrio is; what “white flight” means; Simons town: a city that built Los Angeles; being a Chicano writer…