WAR OF THE FLEA: THE FIGHT FOR XICANO STUDIES
Story of an eight-year student movement that created, through direct action and persistence, a Xicano studies program at Michigan State University in the 1990s.
War of the Flea: The Fight for Xicano Studies is a real-life David v. Goliath story of Xicano students at Michigan State University. The film details their involvement with Movimiento Estudiantil Xicano de Aztlan (MEXA), agitation, and grassroots community organizing. It examines how they forced a major university to establish a Xicano/Latino Studies program despite their small numbers and how an increasingly marginalized community was barraged by attack after attack. This documentary chronicles the main events that changed the trajectory of their lives: