Chicana Diasporic: A Nomadic Journey of the Activist Exiled

Linda Garcia Merchant

Linda Garcia Merchant is a founding member of the Chicana Por Mi Raza Digital Memory Collective (University of Michigan), a Digital Media Partner of the Somos Latinas Oral History Project (University of Wisconsin Madison) and the Chicana Chicago/MABPW Collection Project (University of Illinois Chicago). Garcia Merchant is a doctoral student of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln specializing in Chicana/Latina Literary and Cultural Studies, and Digital Humanities. 

An award winning Chicana filmmaker, her films, Las Mujeres de La Caucus Chicana (The Women of the Chicana Caucus), Palabras Dulces, Palabras Amargas (Sweet Words, Bitter Words), Yo Soy Eva, and Thresholds are shown in courses on women of color feminism, global feminisms, queer and social movement both nationally and internationally. In 2014, Palabras was featured in Dr. Bill Johnson Gonz├ílez’s article, "The Limits of Desire: On the Downlow and Queer Chicago Film" for GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. Linda is currently working on An Evening with La Tess, an experimental documentary on the life of award winning Chicana poet, activist and scholar Andrea "Tess" Arenas. In 2017 Garcia Merchant's essay on life in her hometown of Chicago, "The Urban Rural", was featured in the anthology Rust Belt Chicago.

Garcia Merchant continues to write, guest lecture, and present on Chicana Feminism, Chicana Filmmaking, community archiving, visual historiography, and short form filmmaking. She has written articles and blogposts for Dialogo, Mujeres Talk, The Chicago Reporter, Viva La Feminista and La Bloga. 

Film History
Producer, Director, An Evening with La Tess: The Interview with Dr. Andrea ‘Tess’ Arenas, 2020.
Producer, Screenplay, Yo Soy Eva, 2014.
Producer, Director, Corridos At His Bedside (2013)
Producer, Director, Curve Ball (2013)
Producer, Director, Fabric Sonata” (2013)
Producer, Director, Chicana Por Mi Raza Digital Humanities Project: Mujeres del Partido 2012.
Producer, Writer, Editor, No Es Facil. Life as a Legacy Scholar: Navigating the split seams, cracks and crevasses of a Chicana Feminist Movement, 2012.
Director, Thresholds, 2011.
Co-Producer, Co-director, The A Word, 2011.
Producer, Director, Amigas! Fifteen Years of Amigas Latinas, 2010.
Producer, Co-director, Palabras Dulces, Palabras Amargas (Sweet Words, Bitter Words), 2009.
Writer, Screenplay, The Benjamin of the House, 2008.
Producer, Writer, Director, Las Mujeres de la Caucus Chicana, 2007.
Producer, Writer, Director, Margaret Cruz: Little Giant, 2007.


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