Documentary Track


Project Synopsis:

American Blowback: New Mexico’s Black Berets is a civil rights era story that unfolded in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It tells the little documented story of five Chicano youth and a catholic priest who formed the Black Berets, an activist organization that ran from 1969 to 1973. For years, the group was labeled as militant and stigmatized. This film will be a more accurate portrayal of the Black Berets, young men who not only listened to the voices of their community, but responded. They made affordable health care accessible, founded the first community health clinic in the Albuquerque area, and set up a mobile unit that took health care to people’s homes in rural New Mexico. They addressed human rights violations in the prison system and formed an emancipating identity that shaped a movement, empowered its leaders and their community. 

  • Project : American Blowback: N.M. Black Berets
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  • Key Team : Federico Reade