Latino Americans

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History Showcase

Presented by: National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association

The 23rd Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival is proud to be a partner on this nationwide public programming initiative that supports the exploration of the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos who have helped shape the United States over the last five centuries, and who have become, with more than 50 million people, the country’s largest minority group.

Two Episodes of the Latino Americans Series will be spotlighted at SDLFF 2016. Screening Schedule:

Latino Americans: New Latinos

Dir. David Belton and Sonia Fritz
(USA, 54 min., 2015, English, Spanish w/ English Subtitles)
3/12 / 1:30 / S9

In the New Latinos segment, the swelling immigration from Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic after World War II leads to the creation of hybrid Latino-American identities in the USA. This illuminating segment features a candid and unforgettable testimony from Rita Moreno as she details her own experiences during this era. Tickets are $11.50 General Admission / $9.50 Students, Seniors & Military / $8.50 Members. Purchase your tickets & SDLFF 2016 Passes here:

Latino Americans: Pride and Prejudice

Dir. John J. Valadez and Dan McCabe
(USA, 54 min., 2015, English, Spanish w/ English Subtitles)
Preceded by the short film: Homegirls
3/17 / 10:00AM / DGC

Pride and Prejudice details the creation of the proud “Chicano” identity, as labor leaders organize farm workers in California, and as activists push for better educational opportunities for Latinos, the inclusion of Latino studies, and empowerment in the political process.

Homegirls is a short documentary that follows Maria and Joselyn, two participants of Homeboy Industries’ 18-month job-training program for recovering drug addicts and ex-gang members, as they attempt to leave the past behind and start anew. Both of these films will screen at the Digital Gym Cinema in North Park as part of our TU CINE high school outreach screenings. This 3/17, 10:00AM screening is FREE. However, there is limited space available, please RSVP here:

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.