Ernestina Juarez

Ernestina Juárez

The Banner by Ernestina Juárez

WriteMovies Spring 2021 Screenwriting Contest – Winner

THE BANNER is the epic tale of how the Mexican War of Independence was born, and of Miguel Hidalgo’s dream of a Mexico dedicated to the principles of freedom, equality, and social justice for all. 

The year is 1810 and the winds of revolution are stirring in Mexico. The people, brutally oppressed by their Spanish leaders, are ready to fight for change.


They turn for leadership to Father Miguel Hidalgo, an advocate of social justice and an opponent of slavery. A kindly priest, Hidalgo is an unlikely leader for a revolution—but his words ignite courage in the hearts of men and soon his rebellion is sweeping across Mexico like a wildfire.

Caught up in the revolution is American slave Mende Gautier, who has come to Mexico with his “master” on business. Forced as a child to watch his father hanged for leading a slave rebellion, he has never resisted being a slave so he can protect his own daughters.

But now, inspired by Hidalgo, he faces a choice that will affect not only his own family but an entire nation: to step forward and become a leader in the struggle for an independent Mexico where all men can be free. To do so, he must find the courage not only to face the Spanish armies, but to overcome his own doubts and fears.

Submit and live, or resist and die. Is there another choice?

About Ernestina Juárez

Tina Juárez was born in Carrizo Springs, a rural south Texas town a few miles north of the Rio Grande. Because of her love of languages and literature, Tina majored in French, English and Spanish at Texas A&M University at Kingsville. While there, she met and married her husband Will. They have one son.

After graduation, Tina taught in schools populated by students from economically challenged backgrounds. While continuing to teach, Tina earned an M.ED. in Educational Administration at Texas State University in San Marcos and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Texas at Austin. She was named the first Hispanic principal of Austin High School in Austin, Texas. She has served as an adjunct professor in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of several articles in professional journals and the co-author of a text on the history of student evaluation in American education.

Pursuing her interest in the history of Mexico and the United States, Tina undertook to write historical fiction in hopes of bringing alive in an entertaining way little known events in the histories of both countries that had a profound effect on relations between the people of both countries. She had two of her novels published by Arte Publico Press of the University of Houston.

Tina has endeavored to learn the craft of screenwriting and in 2018 her script, LABYRINTH OF DESTINY, was named one of ten finalists in the 2018 Academy Nicholl Fellowship program. She is very honored that another script, THE BANNER, based on events related to the birth of the Republic of Mexico, has been selected as the Grand Prize winner of the 2021 WriteMovies Spring Screenwriting contest.