is a documentary film
produced and directed by Adam Taub
released in 2007. It was shot in Tijuana
and follows Ana Maria and her family as they prepare for and celebrate the her Quinceañera
. The Quinceañera
or Quince Años
(sometimes represented XV Años, meaning "fifteen years") is, in some Spanish-speaking regions of the Americas, a young woman's celebration of her fifteenth birthday, which is celebrated in a unique and different way from her other birthdays. The word is also used to refer to the young woman whose 15th birthday is being celebrated (analogous to the word cumpleañera for "birthday girl").
Many important events in Ana Maria’s life have been disappointing. Will her Quince Años (fifteenth birthday) be any different? Her mother and five siblings are determined that it will be: hoping and struggling to make her Quinceañera
a special day, despite a lack of support from her father. Exploring issues of family
, and coming of age
, “La Quinceañera” is a touching portrait of a Mexican
family's love and devotion to each other.
2007 Angelus Student Film Festival
Award for Best Documentary
2008 San Diego Latino Film Festival Award for Best Student Documentary