Monthly Archives: February 2014

Chon Noriega: keynote lecturer

Chon Noriega is a professor at UCLA in the Department of Film and Television, and director of the Chicano Studies Research Center there. He has authored one book and edited nine on Latino media (ucla.edu), not to mention the innumerable … Continue reading

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Bless Me, Última

Based on the acclaimed novel by Rudolfo Anaya, the film tells the poignant story of Antonio, a young boy coming of age in New Mexico during World War II. When a curandera named Última comes to live with his family, … Continue reading

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América

This nuanced adaptation of Esmeralda Santiago’s novel América’s Dream(1997) retraces the plight of a Puerto Rican mother named América, as she flees an abusive lover from her native Puerto Rico. Seeking refuge and a new life in New York, América befriends … Continue reading

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Jean Gentil

Based on a true story, Jean Gentil is a well-educated Haitian man who has lived for many years in the Dominican Republic without being able to find steady work. A fervent believer, Jean undertakes a voyage across the country asking … Continue reading

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In the Time of the Butterflies

Based on Julia Álvarez’s bestselling novel, this fact-based story follows the four Mirabal sisters during the dictatorship of Rafael Leónidas Trujillo (Edward James Olmos) in the Dominican Republic. Minerva (Salma Hayek), the most rebellious of the four sisters, begins to … Continue reading

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Go For Sisters

Bernice (LisaGay Hamilton) and Fontayne (Yolonda Ross) grew up so close people said they could “go for sisters”, but time sent them down different paths. Twenty years later, those paths cross: Fontayne is a recovering addict fresh out of jail, … Continue reading

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Prejudice and Pride

The turbulent decade of the 1960s marked a turning point in the long struggle for Mexican-American civil rights. As César Chávez and Dolores Huerta organized California’s farmworkers to fight for better wages and a union, Chicana and Chicano students in … Continue reading

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