PBS AND KEN BURNS WILL INCLUDE LATINOS IN "THE WAR" DOCUMENTARY!
Decision an historic victory for the Latino Community
President and CEO, Paula Kerger, has announced the inclusion of Latinos in Ken Burns’ documentary THE WAR. The documentary will have new footage shot and be re-edited to include additional content that focuses on stories of Latino and Native American veterans of the Second World War. This addition will also be included in the educational outreach materials. “This is a great victory for the Latino Community,” said retired Congressman Esteban Torres, Chairman of the National Latino Media Council. “The Defend the Honor Campaign moved thousands of Latinos in this nation to take action to demand that PBS include our participation in this important documentary. We owe the campaign leaders enthusiastic accolades for leading us to this victory.”
“It is even more gratifying to learn that Native American veterans will also be included in this film,” said Moctesuma Esparza of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers. “The Congressional Hispanic Caucus played an important part in this campaign as well,” added Alex Nogales, President & CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition. “It was a unified effort by our national leadership as well as from individuals from every corner of the nation to include Puerto Rico.”
PBS’ plan includes the following specific elements:
· The New Latino and Native American narratives to the documentary will be included as well in THE WAR’s DVD, website and PBS’ educational outreach materials.
· A Latino producer will be hired by Burns’ production company, Florentine Films, in consultation with PBS, to be part of the production team that will create the additional content.
· THE WAR will premiere on September 23, 2007 during Hispanic Heritage Month as scheduled with inclusion of the new content.
· Additional programming will be aired on World War II that will include and focus on the Latino contributions to the war.
“This is a victory not only for Latinos and Native Americans, but it is also a victory for all Americans regardless of color or creed. We will all now learn the contributions of two groups that have long been ignored and regulated to the sidelines,” said Alex Nogales.
“Paula Kerger and Ken Burns are to be congratulated for hearing our voices and acting on them to make sure our concerns were addressed,” concluded NLMC Chairman Torres.
World War II was a defining moment in the nation’s history. 500,000 Latinos fought in this war earning the most Medals of Honor proportional to our population. This show of patriotism defines who we are and our commitment to the principles of our nation.
MLMC is comprised of 15 of the largest Latino Civil Rights and advocacy organizations in the nation and advocates for diversity in the media, especially as it impacts the Latino community.
Washington, DC – The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S., today commended Paula Kerger, President of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), and documentary filmmaker Ken Burns for their response today to concerns raised by a host of Latino organizations and leaders about the exclusion of Hispanic Americans from Burns' upcoming documentary, "The War," a series chronicling America during World War II.
In a letter today to NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía, Ms. Kerger outlined steps that PBS and Burns will take to include Hispanic American contributions to the war effort, including adding footage to the existing work and hiring a Latino producer to assist in the process. "This response is an important step forward not only for the Latino community but also for everyone interested in a true representation of what all of our country's brave men and women did during World War II," stated Murguía.
"This issue united our community in a way not often seen. At a time when some in this country question the loyalty and patriotism of the nation's growing Latino population, this is a story that our community clearly believes needs to be told. I want to extend my appreciation to all those who worked so hard to bring this issue to light, especially Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez of the Defend Our Honor Campaign, our venerable veterans' organizations such as the American GI Forum, and Latino members of Congress on both sides of the aisle including Congressmen Joe Baca, Luis Fortuño, and Ciro Rodriguez as well as Senators Bob Menendez and Ken Salazar," continued Murguía.
"This response ensures that the story of all Americans will be told. The next step is to ensure how that story will be told. We pledge to work with our sister organizations, PBS, and Mr. Burns to ensure that that story is fair, accurate, and complete," concluded Murguía.
The 2007 Malibu International Film Festival will feature the US premiere of NALIP member, writer and director Sarah Vaill's short documentary, "Women With Altitude: Mind Over Mountains." The screening will take place at the Aero Theater at 1328 Montana Ave. in Santa Monica, at 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 15, 2007. Born and raised in Malibu and currently a resident of Santa Monica, Ms. Vaill will be present for a Q&A after the screening.
"Women With Altitude" tells the story of a women's mountaineering team, including Ms. Vaill, which sets out to climb Huayna Potosi, a 20,000-ft mountain in the Bolivian Andes. But they are not just seven young women - they are the survivors and the family and friends of survivors of domestic violence.
The climb emerges as a breathtaking visual metaphor for the strength the climbers find in themselves to overcome colossal ordeals. Newfound support comes in the form of local Bolivians who join their trek, having climbed uphill battles of their own.
For tickets call (866) 468-3399 or go to www.Ticketweb.com. More information about the festival is available on the website at www.malibufilmfestival.com
In addition to Ms. Vaill's film, there will be several other films with Latino content, cast, or directors screening at the festival:
The Falling Man
directed by Kevin Ackerman
A waiter sent down from Windows On The World Restaurant to the 103rd floor cannot find the Canter-Fitzgerald employee who placed the order, nor anyone else. It's 9:41 a.m., September 11, 2001. Starring Rick Ojeda, Sarah Zoe-Canner, Steve Oliva
La Rosa Y El Gato
directed by Mary Angelica Molina
The short, La Rosa Y El Gato (The Rose and The Cat) is the story of Romero, a typical Salvadoran immigrant, who dreams of becoming an actor in order to woo Rosa, a woman obsessed with soap operas. When Romero is offered a small part in a popular telenovela, it piques Rosa's interest. His devotion to his dream however, is tested when instead of being asked to play the hero, he is asked to play a rapist.
directed by Duke Johnson
In a seedy Hollywood motel where her mother works as a maid, a little girl must find the courage to confront the harsh reality of life when she discovers that nothing is quite what it seems, especially her big sister.A unique coming of age story about the effects of change, the moments of recognition, and the discovery of love. Starring Ashlyn Sanchez, Alexa Vega, and Jesse Garcia.
directed by Ruben Obregon Casas
A lyrical telling of an intimate encounter between a U.S Navy Sailor and a local Chilean woman, La Primavera delves into the fleeting moments of uncertainty and flux that test the bounds of emotional connection. The parting of this couple, though it is never quite seen, and barely spoken of, is what keeps the silent time ticking, the dirge-like Fado droning, and the worlds outside just audible enough to be bittersweet.
How Cuba Survived Peak Oil
A documentary by Faith Morgan
With the loss of Soviet oil in 1990, Cuba was forced to undergo an
artificial "Peak Oil." This documentary explores how the island nation,
through its focus on community, managed not only to survive but to
transform their entire society to a sustainable, low-energy-use system.
Women With Altitude: Mind Over Mountains
directed by Sarah Vaill
4/15/07 11:00 AM
Upon learning that her mother had experienced years of abuse, Tonya Redfield asked how she herself could make a difference for other women to break the cycle of violence. Setting the goal to climb a 20,000-foot mountain in the Bolivian Andes, Tonya and her team of six women find in themselves a powerful source of strength, supported by Bolivian activists who have climbed uphill battles of their own.
Please help us to get the word out about this year’s Annual Spring Media Conference on April 28, 2007. The title of the conference is "How to Succeed in Communications and the Arts". Detailed information about the conference can be found at http://artsandcommunications.blogspot.com/
Our keynote speaker is Maggie Rodriguez (CBS-4 News Anchor) and a panel of illustrious communicators will discuss how technology impacts on success in Communications and the Arts. Confirmed panel members include George McNeilly-Communications Director for NASCAR, William Edwards of Sprockets Music, Cheryl Mizell WLRN Radio Jazz Show Host, Marian de la Fuente Journalist and Tiffani Helberg CBS-4 Reporter along with our distinguished faculty.
For the first time we will have an open air Art Marketplace Under the Trees with an eclectic collection of plastic arts, furniture and other items of art as part of the conference activities.
Continental Breakfast is served from 9:00 to 9:30 am and the event is free and open to the public.
The conference promises to be very informative and a great networking opportunity. Last year had 80 attendees, mostly media professionals focusing on Hispanic Media issues. This year, given it is a mainstream topic and we will announce all of our new and revised programs, along with the Art Marketplace, a larger audience is expected.
In addition to networking opportunities the conference is a venue for exploring what successful communicators and arts professionals have to say about success in these changing times.
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Monday, April 16th
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