A feminist twist on the felon-come-home journey
On Sale: June 7, 2005
Featuring: Esperanza Cepeda; Jesus Lara; Maite Rodriguez
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After a year in lockup, Tupac fanatic Esperanza Cepeda comes
home determined to follow her sister Dulce’s example. That
means going back to school, finding a legitimate job, and
most of all, staying away from her ex-boyfriend Jesus and
his crew. Easier said than done, Espe finds, because despite
all the pressure she’s under to do the right thing, no one
has any love for a convicted felon. Jesus says he does, and
Esperanza desperately wants to believe him. But he’s not
trying to leave the game so she has to keep it movin’.
So Esperanza tries to stay on the righteous path. She tries,
stumbles and then tries again. She resists the faithlessness
of her parole officer yet blossoms under the guidance of
teacher and mentor Maite Rodriguez, a former member of the
Young Lords Party and political prisoner. As Esperanza
yearns to find the same passion and purpose in her new life
that fueled her thug days, she begins to see in herself the
contradictions that tormented her idol ‘Pac. Esperanza
realizes that her jailhouse mom Isoke was right: she cannot
be a soldier and a gangsta. She must choose.
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