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College of Marin Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Kentfield, CA—September 15, 2010—College of Marin will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by hosting several free films as part of the San Francisco Latino Film Festival. Four films will be shown over a two day period from September 22 to September 23, in Olney Hall 96 at the Kentfield Campus. The San Francisco Latino Film Festival hosted by College of Marin is open to students, faculty, staff, and the general public free of charge. For more information contact Director of Student Affairs Dr. Arnulfo Cedillo at (415) 485-9375.
 
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
 
The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

Here are the films that will be shown this year:

The Wall (2009), 76 min., U.S.A.
Directed by Ricardo A. Martinez
Sept. 22, at noon
Olney Hall 96, Kentfield
Free admission
 
In 2006, Congress passed The Secure Fence Act calling for construction of 700 miles of fence along the U.S./Mexico border. They were not prepared for what followed. The Wall documents the impact of constructing a border fence. From policy makers to citizens of border towns, the debate elevates as residents respond to having a fence built in their backyard.


Gypsies of Buenos Aires (2009), 66 min., Spain
Directed by Xavier Villaverde and Regina Álvarez
Sept. 22, 2 p.m.
Olney Hall 96, Kentfield
Free admission

David Amaya, flamenco icon, was a flamenco guitarist in the 90s when Spain boasted Expo and the Olympics. He settled in Buenos Aires in 1999. While in search of a flamenco guitar, he discovers a community of Andalusian Gypsies who maintain their distinct cultural identity intact despite the decades spent away from Spain.


Visa Al Paraiso / Visa to Paradise
(2010), 108 min., Mexico
Directed by Lillian Lieberman
Sept. 23, noon
Olney Hall 96, Kentfield
Free admission

In his own words, as well as those of people who knew him and the people he rescued, Gilberto Bosques describes his experiences in Marseilles as Mexico’s Consul General in France between 1939 and 1942, where he saved thousands of Spanish republicans, Jews, socialists, communists and all sorts of people who were fleeing the Nazis.


Owned (2010), 80 min., U.S.A.
Directed by Jose Montesino
Sept. 23, 2 p.m.
Olney Hall 96, Kentfield
Free admission
 
After spending eight years in prison, Cisco returns to his old neighborhood with hopes of starting new. A forgotten debt resurfaces and Cisco finds himself back in trouble. Owned presents us with an all-too-painful reality, our past debts and mistakes just may own us for good. This film was shot in San Francisco.

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