Free Screening of THE NEW LATINOS Wednesday 1/27

THE NEW LATINOS (1946 – 1965) unnamed
(2014, 52 min. In English and Spanish with English subtitles)
Wednesday, January 27, 7pm RSVP
Teatro SEA at Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center
107 Suffolk Street (between Rivington and Delancey), New York City
Free and Open to the Public.
Until World War II, Latino immigration to the United States was overwhelmingly Mexican-American. Now three new waves bring large-scale immigration from Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic. As the Puerto Rican government implements a historic overhaul over a million Puerto Ricans are encouraged to leave for the US mainland, to alleviate the economic pressure. A young Juanita Sanabria arrives in New York, works hard in the garment district, but encounters hostility and discrimination. Ethnic tensions explode in youth gang warfare depicted in films like West Side Story, etching the stereotype of the knife wielding Puerto Rican in the American consciousness. Official Website
Screening followed by a discussion with Dr. Manuel Moran, Clemente Board Chair
and Artistic Director of Teatro SEA , and filmmaker Nina Álvarez.

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La Jaula de Oro

Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 6:30 pm
KJCC Auditorium, 53 Washington Square South, New York, NY, 10012
Free Screening of La Jaula de Oro and an interactive discussion with a focus on the immigration experiences of Indigenous Peoples with Amalia Córdova, indigenous film scholar and Assistant Director at CLACS, and Daniel Kaufman, co-director of the Endangered Language Alliance in New York.
Reception to follow. RSVP

About the film: With over 80 awards, including for Best Film and Best Director at the Thessaloniki Film Festival, and for Best New Director at the Chicago Film Festival, La Jaula de Oro became the most internationally awarded Mexican film in history. The film swept the 56th edition of the Ariel Awards–Mexico’s national cinema honors–receiving nine awards including for Best Picture, Debut Feature, Original Screenplay, Actor (Brandon López) and supporting actor (Rodolfo Domínguez). Starring an impressive ensemble cast of non-professional actors, La Jaula de Oro is the story of three teenagers from the slums of Guatemala who travel to the U.S. in search of a better life. On their journey through Mexico they meet Chauk, a Tzotzil kid from Chiapas who doesn’t speak Spanish. Travelling together in cargo trains, walking on the railroad tracks, they soon have to face a harsh reality. An urgent and timely drama that reflects the plight of migrants as they cross Mexico in their way to search for the American dream, La Jaula de Oro is a powerful and lyrical film that presents a humane and fresh take on contemporary reality, and secures Quemada-Diez as a filmmaker to follow.

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Empire of Dreams

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Monday, November 23rd, 2015, 6:30 pm

Screening of “Empire of Dreams” followed by Panel Discussion with Special Guest Speakers, Author and Reporter, Juan Gonzalez, and Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, Executive Director for Legal Initiatives, Maribel Hernandez Rivera
From the PBS Series “Latino Americans,” Empire of Dreams (1880-1942) describes how widespread immigration to the U.S. from Latin countries begins – first with a small group from Cuba, then a larger one from Mexico. Both flee chaos and violence in their home country and are attracted by opportunities in the United States. In 1898, the U.S. helps liberate Cuba and Puerto Rico from Spain but then seizes Puerto Rico as its colony. The first Puerto Rican arrivals (now U.S. citizens) establish a network in New York.
During the 1920s, immigration is encouraged with the expanding U.S. economy. Mexicans and Mexican Americans build a thriving community in Los Angeles and look forward to a bright future. But when the economic boom of the 1920s ends with the catastrophic Depression of the thirties, the pendulum swings. Immigrants encouraged to immigrate in the 20s are deported en masse in the 30s.

Location: KJCC Auditorium, 53 Washington Square South, New York, NY, 10012

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Tuesday, October 20th, 2015, 6:30 p.m. Screening and Panel Discussion with Guest speakers: Vinicius Pinheiro, International Labor Organization (ILO), Mahoma López, Laundry Workers Center, Hot & Crusty Workers Association; Jennifer Berg,  NYU Graduate Food Studies ; Rachel Lears, Robin Blotnick, The Hand That Feeds



A film by Rachel Lears & Robin Blotnick (USA, 2014, 84 min. In Spanish and English with English subtitles) At a popular bakery café, residents of New York’s Upper East Side get bagels and coffee served with a smile 24 hours a day. But behind the scenes, undocumented immigrant workers face sub-legal wages, dangerous machinery, and abusive managers who will fire them for calling in sick. Mild-mannered sandwich maker Mahoma López has never been interested in politics, but in January 2012, he convinces a small group of his co-workers to fight back. Risking deportation and the loss of their livelihood, the workers team up with a diverse crew of innovative young organizers and take the unusual step of forming their own independent union, launching themselves on a journey that will test the limits of their resolve. In one roller-coaster year, they must overcome a shocking betrayal and a two-month lockout. Lawyers will battle in back rooms, Occupy Wall Street protesters will take over the restaurant, and a picket line will divide the neighborhood. If they can win a contract, it will set a historic precedent for low-wage workers across the country. But whatever happens, Mahoma and his coworkers will never be exploited again. Official Website:

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Of Kites and Borders


A film by Yolanda Pividal, US/México/Spain, 2013

Friday, April 10th, 2015, 6:00 p.m.
Location: KJCC Auditorium, 53 Washington Square South, New York, NY, 10012

The screening will be followed by a conversation with the film’s director Yolanda Pividal, Diana Delgado from the Coalition of Hispanic Families, and Gala Narezo of what moves you?

Of Kites and Borderstells the story of the daily struggle to be a child living on the US-Mexico border through the eyes of four working children in the city of Tijuana. Edie is a teen who smuggles immigrants into the United States while promising himself that he will never get worn-out working in the maquilas (assembly plants). Carmela is a nine-year old who knows more about work in the city’s dumps than about fairy tales ­ yet every day at sunset she dreams of a better life while watching the kites that fly over her slum. And brothers Adrián and Fernando don masks to conceal their youth and perform wrestling matches at busy intersections in order to support their family – all the while dreaming of traveling the world as famous Mexican luchadores.

This event is free and open to the public. ID required for entry.

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Cesar’s Last Fast

Directed by Richard Ray Perez and Lorena Parlee, USA, 2014, 100 min.

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015, 6:30 p.m.                                                                            KJCC Auditorium, 53 Washington Square South, New York, NY, 10012                                This event is free and open to the public. ID required for entry.

An official section at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, chronicles civil rights and labor activist Cesar Chavez’s 1988, “Fast for Life.” The thirty-six day water only fast was meant to raise awareness of the detrimental effects of pesticide use on farm workers. The documentary features never-before-seen footage along with interviews with those closest to Chavez, including co-founder of the United Farm Workers Union, Dolores Huerta. The film is a compelling look at the impact of Chavez and the UFW’s legacy and the ongoing struggle to guarantee the humane treatment of America’s farm workers—a fight that remains as relevant as ever.

Screening followed by a panel discussion with special guests.



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A film by Bernardo Ruiz (USA, 2013, 60min.)

Monday, May 12, 6:30pm
King Juan Carlos I Center at NYU, Auditorium
53 Washington Square South (between Thompson and Sullivan Sts.)
Free and Open to the Public. Picture ID required at the entrance.

The Graduates

The Graduates, from Bernardo Ruiz explores pressing issues in education today through the eyes of six Latino and Latina students from across the United States. More than a survey of contemporary policy debates, the bilingual, two-part film offers first-hand perspectives on key challenges facing Latino high school students and their families, educators, and community leaders. It is the story of the graduates who will make up America’s future.

Presented in two parts, the film follows six teenagers — three girls and three boys — each with their own unique obstacles to overcome. Part II, “Boys” follows three more teenagers: Juan, a Dominican living in Lawrence, Massachusetts who was bullied as a gay teen until finding his own identity as a performer and writer; Eduardo from San Diego, who is steered away from the gang path when introduced to a special college prep organization that changes his outlook; and Gustavo, who came to America from Mexico to live in the very different environment of Georgia and whose dreams of college are blocked by his undocumented status.

A panel discussion with special guests will follow the screening.

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Join us for a screening of THE STATE OF ARIZONA

A film by Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini


USA, 2014, 90min.

 Monday, April 28, 6pm

King Juan Carlos I Center at NYU, Auditorium

53 Washington Square South (between Thompson and Sullivan street) NYC
Free and Open to the Public. Picture ID.

 Followed by a discussion with the Directors

Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini

and Guest Speakers:

 Richard André,

Policy manager, co-director, Immigration and Integration Initiative, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Phil Reller,

Senior Minister, United Church of Christ

Thanu Yakupitiyage,

Communications Coordinator, New York Immigration Coalition

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Indocumentales premieres in Mexico with a screening of Elvira by Javier Solórzano Casarin at the University Tecnológico de Monterrey in Querétaro

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Join us on July 10, 2013 for a screening of Two Americans

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what moves you? and Indocumentales are pleased to join the Council of the Americas in presenting Two Americans, a gripping documentary by Daniel DeVivo and Valeria Fernandez, that follows the story of two Americans at the center of Arizona’s immigration battle- Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and a 9 year old girl whose parents were arrested in one of Sheriff Arpaio’s immigration raids.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker and invited guests.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

AS/COA – 680 Park Avenue (Northwest corner of 68th Street), New York, NY

The event is complementary for all registrants. Prior registration is required.

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