19th Annual National Queer Arts Festival

June 7, 2015
Doors: 3:30pm
Instituto Familiar de la Raza, San Francisco

Presented by Queer Cultural Center, Instituto Familiar de la Raza and
Royal Eagle Bear Productions

The de la Riva’s convene superstar Agents of Creative Change, artists/activists/educators & you, for a multimedia event weaving together issues from their film (Queer Latina/o identity, health/wellness and dis-ease, from “Gay cancer” to the modern epidemic of cancer in communities of color) to discuss strategies for healing ourselves, our communities and the earth. A screening of sequences of ME, and Mr. MAURI: Turning Poison into Medicine with cast, crew & editor Augie Robles, poetry, lively discussion and feasting!

Bienvenidos by Dr. Estela Garcia, y Altar by Celia Herrera Rodriguez.

Discussion with Cherrie Moraga, Osa de la Riva, Roban San Miguel, Maria Cora, Lenore Chinn and Diane “Chili D” Felix, with moderators Gina Diáz and Sergio De La Mora.

ME, and Mr. MAURI: Turning Poison into Medicine is a documentary that tells the stories of SF Bay Area Queer Latina/o activists who died of SIDA/AIDS during the years 1988 to the present. This hybrid work-in-progress portrays the fight with and eventual succumbing to SIDA/AIDS of Mauricio Delgado, John Juarez, Margarita Benitez, Francisco X. Zamora, Rodrigo Reyes, and Chente Valenzuela.

ME, and Mr. MAURI is richly polyphonic also in its formal components, the use of hybrid media and artistic genres such as photographs, animation, poetry, altares, music and dancing. This urgent film is an act of love, an ofrenda to all rainbow folks, a reflection on the role in maintaining our health and wellness, a love song to our dead, and a giving thanks to, as Osa puts it in the film “this bouquet of life opening again and again and again.”

June 7, 2015
Doors: 3:30pm
Screening: 4pm, followed by discussion and reception

Instituto Familiar de la Raza
2919 Mission Street at 25th
San Francisco, CA

$10 – $20
suggested donation

Please arrive fragrance free


The National Queer Arts Festival is an annual multidisciplinary Festival currently held May through July throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Each year we commission over twenty performances, visual arts exhibitions, and interdisciplinary showcases and in the process of producing work we support hundreds of artists, technical and production crews.


Lola dela Riva

Lola dela Riva was born in 1938, in Stockton, California. Since beginning primary school she remembers always drawing. In primary school she painted a mural with her friend on the school wall. A second grade teacher recognized her natural creative abilities and told her, “I’m going to show you some new things, so you can see with new eyes.” Lola continued to be blessed with people along the way who encouraged her to share this creative talent. Lola de la Riva is an activist artist, archivist, free-lance art instructor, speaker, art promoter and organizer for many individuals, organizations and institutions.

She founded and directed a neighborhood multicultural art center in East Long Beach. Lola went to Mexico for nearly three years, and took her youngest children, a set of twins, Tim and Laura. Lola then returned to the US to attend the University of California, Santa Cruz, to continue producing her thesis Chicano Words and Images. These Chicana/o living histories prompted her to begin organizing her archives. Lola helped organize Amor en Aztlan, a 10-day multicultural festival held at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Today Lola dela Riva has completed several binders of archival materials that are meant as a legacy for her grandchildren.

Dr. Osa Hidalgo de la Riva

Filmmaker Dr. Osa Hidalgo de la Riva received her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema and Television in the Critical Studies Division. She taught an American Cultures course “Ethnicity and Race in Contemporary Film” at the University of California-Berkeley, from 2008-2013. In 2012, she was the recipient of the Chancellor’s Public Scholar Award from UC-Berkeley’s Ethnic Studies Department. Her film Mujeria: The Olmeca Rap premiered at the Kabuki Theater in San Francisco; Mujeria: Primitive and Proud debuted at the Roxie Cinema, SF. Both attracted capacity audiences and were distributed by Women Make Movies, NY. Two Spirits: Native Lesbians and Gay Men is distributed by Third World Newsreel, NY. In 2007, her animation artwork Las Olmecas was included in 500 years of Chicana Women’s History, edited by Elizabeth Martinez. “Dr. Eagle Bear” has lectured and spoken at numerous film festivals, seminars, community centers, and universities throughout California, as well as nationally, in Mexico, Canada, and Europe.