In any society, hatred from prejudice is a guaranteed occurrence. This, and the tendency for those oppressed to stand firm, is the central theme of "Mi Familia. The film follows the Sanchez family across several generations of tenacious survival in the face of adversity, conflict, and deep pain. The first element found in this film was the characterization of the cultural traits demonstrated in the film.
The characterization of Mexican culture in the film was visible throughout, but several examples stuck in the viewer's mind and left a long lasting effect. The first example of this is the fierce pride shown through the character of El Californio. El Californio is a man of Mexican descent who was born in Los Angeles when it was a part of Mexico,