NALIP Conference 9 Begins Friday!
NALIP Conference 9 starts Friday, but it's not too late to join the festivities! Come on down to the Laguna Cliffs Marriott and register on-site or buy a day pass to explore trends in pan Latino cinema, sit in on professional seminars, view screenings of member work, network with executives, and meet your fellow NALIPsters! It is a once a year opportunity not to be missed.
Visit the Conference 9 website for more information.
WNET PBS Broadcast of "The Borinqueneers"
The experience of Latinos in the U.S. Army has rarely been portrayed in film. Now comes The Borinqueneers (pronounced Boh-rin-keh-neers), the never-before-told story of the 65th Puerto Rican Regiment, the only all-Hispanic unit in the history of the U.S. Army. Narrated by Hector Elizondo (Chicago Hope, Pretty Woman), this compelling 60-minute documentary relies on interviews with the regiments veterans and rare archival footage to trace the unique experience of the 65th, culminating in the Korean War and the dramatic events that would threaten its very existence. PBS stations nationwide began broadcasting the program last August during pledge drives and the Armed Forces Network is broadcasting it overseas to more than 850,000 troops. New Yorks WNET Channel 13 will be re-broadcasting the film on March 11th at 10pm during their March pledge drive.
Named after Borinquen, the word given to Puerto Rico by its original inhabitants, the Taino Indians, the Borinqueneers formed a tight-knit unit bound by a common language and a strong cultural identity. First-time director and producer Noem Figueroa Soulet, spent eight years researching the story and locating veterans of the regiment, some of whom have since passed away. In emotional interviews, they describe the experience of fighting together in vivid detail.
Through their voices, the documentary explores the unique history of the 65th Regiment, a history that illustrates many of the issues surrounding the U.S. relationship with Puerto Rico and the broader Latino experience.
The 78-minute DVD also features English and Spanish versions and deleted interviews. Available on DVD at www.borinqueneers.com.