Premier “Precious Knowledge” Documentary at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF)

27/07/2011 at 3:05 pm Leave a comment


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A deeply moved audience gave the producer and participants of the documentary film “Precious Knowledge” highly enthusiastic applause when they appeared on stage following the screening of the film at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF). Actor and Producer Edward James Olmos, one of the founders of LALIFF, said the film fulfilled the purpose of the Festival.
“It is to give venues to films like “Precious Knowledge” that the festival exists,” Olmos said. “There are many film festivals in the world but very few devoted to Latino films. I believe LALIFF is the greatest Latino Film Festival in the world.”
Mexican American Studies (MAS) teacher José Gonzalez and two former students who were featured in the documentary, Crystal Terriquez and Pricilia Rodriguez, joined producer Eren Isabel McGinnis on stage to take questions from the audience.
Teachers and students, along with family members, including the head of the Mexican American studies department Sean Arce and others, were part of a contingent that had driven to Los Angeles from Tucson to attend the premier.
“Precious Knowledge” gives it’s viewers a front seat into the lives of Tucson high school students and their teachers who are on the front lines of a current civil rights battle to ban Mexican American studies in Arizona.
A community screening, as part of a fund raising effort to support the legal challenge against the law banning the MAS program, was held at Self Help Graphics in East L.A. Wednesday night.
Bolivian Actress Carla Ortiz plays a young mother looking for a husband in a three generation household in a small Bolivian town. “Escribeme Postales A Copacabana”, a German/Bolivian production, had its American premier at the 15th Annual Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival. “It’s magic realism. I fought very much for this part because it’s the first time I’ve acted as a young mother. (It’s) playing a more mature character rather than just a sex symbol, which for me was the most important thing,” Ortiz said.

Source: San Fernando Sun

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