Mysteries and Desire: Searching the Worlds of John Rechy

Institute History

  • 2001 Sundance Film Festival


Mysteries and Desire presents a diverse array of personal materials by and about novelist John Rechy and interweaves them with larger collective histories of Chicano culture and the gay world. Combining a wealth of diverse source material—including original drawings, live action video, three-dimensional VR panoramas, family photographs, letters, religious imagery, historic documents from Mexico and El Paso, archival footage, taped interviews and commentaries, word games, and popular representations of the male body—Mysteries and Desire maps both Rechy’s inner landscape and America’s most notorious cruising sites, which fiction helped make famous.


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