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1st Annual 2010 NYC Revolutionary Latino Film Festival



Monday, June 14, 2010
The Harlem Maysles Cinema
343 Malcolm X Boulevard (bet. 127th & 128th Sts.)
Harlem, New York
(212) 582-6050 http://www.mayslesinstitute.org

Opening Night: In Celebration Of The 82nd Birthday Of Dr. Ernesto “Che” Guevara
5:00pm – 11:00pm
“El Che”
Running Time: 96 min.
Produced in: France, 1997

A documentary about Dr. Ernesto “Che” Guevara that retraces his life and political career, beginning with his youth in 1950’s Argentina, when he set out on the road, writing travel diaries, poetry, and stories. His wanderings through the Andes, Patagonia, Peru, and the Chilean desert informed his identity not as a citizen of one nation but as a Latin American. Following his medical studies, he left Argentina forever, dedicating his life to fighting imperialism, poverty, and social injustice throughout the continent.

“Machetero”
Dir. Vagabond, 2010
Running Time: 98 min.

Post 9/11 definitions, ideas and notions of terrorism are challenged in this controversial film. French journalist Jean Dumont (Isaach de Bankolé) interviews Pedro Taino (Not4Prophet) a “Puerto Rican Terrorist” in prison. Pedro is a self-described Machetero fighting to free a colonized Puerto Rico from the United States. Jean questions Pedro about his decision to use violence to achieve that freedom. As they speak, a ghetto youth (Kelvin Fernandez) trapped in a cycle of violence, is encouraged by Pedro and a mentor (Dylcia Pagan) from his childhood in Puerto Rico to become the next generation of Machetero. The film is structured around songs from the album, “Liberation Day” by RICANSTRUCTION and interwoven into the film as a narrative voice. RICANSTRUCTION also provides an original improvised score.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Guillermo Morales/Assata Shakur Center @ City College Room 3-201 (NAC Building)
W. 138th Street & Convent Avenue
Harlem, New York
(212) 650-5008 morales.shakur@yahoo.com
5:00pm – 7:00pm

“Palante, Siempre, Palante: The Young Lords”
Directed By: Iris Morales
1996, 48 min.
In the midst of the African American liberation struggle, protests to end the Vietnam War and the women’s movement for equality, Puerto Rican and Latino/a communities fought for economic, racial and social justice. From Chicago streets to the barrios of New York City and other urban centers, the Young Lords emerged to demand decent living conditions and raised a militant voice for the empowerment of Puerto Ricans and other Latino/as in the United States and for the independence of Puerto Rico. Palante, Siempre Palante! The Young Lords documents the period from 1969 through the organization’s demise in 1976. The Young Lords represented another cycle of militancy, write Andres Torres and Jose Velasquez in The Puerto Rican Movement: Voices From the Diaspora, a collection of personal narratives from activists of the period. Through on-camera interviews with former members, archival footage, photographs and music, the documentary surveys Puerto Rican history, the Young Lords’ political vision and actions, and the organization’s legacy.

“Dos Heros”
Directed By: Dylcia Pagan
2006, 40 mins.

This film documents the lives and contributions of U.S. held Puerto Rican Political Prisoners; Carliso Alberto Torres and Oscar Lopez Rivera who have been respectively incarcerated in U.S. prisons for 29 and 30 years. They are both internationally recognized Freedom Fighters who were captured for trying to liberate their country Puerto Rico from US colonial rule. Directed by former Political Prisoner and Prisoner Of War, Dylcia Pagan, the film reviews the historical development of the campaign for the release of Puerto Rican Political Prisoners from 1991 to the present. You will witness testimony of prominent leaders, religious supporters, family members of both Carlos and Oscar as well as an opportunity to learn about their lives and commitments of struggle.
“Dos Heros” is presently in Spanish. Your entrance donations will help enable the Safiya-Nuh Foundation’s “People In Struggle: Film Makers Fund” to help Dylcia create a narrative in English so that all freedom loving people can become enlightened about the struggle for Puerto Rican Independence and its Freedom Fighters who have been incarcerated for nearly 30 years.
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Friday, June 18, 2010
The Guillermo Morales/Assata Shakur Center @ City College Room 3-201 (NAC Building)
W. 138th Street & Convent Avenue
Harlem, New York
(212) 650-5008 morales.shakur@yahoo.com
6:00pm – 9:00pm

“A Place Called Chiapas”
Directed By: Nettie Wild
Running Time 89 Minutes

While Mexico’s indigenous peoples have been struggling for years to gain political representation and economic justice, their battles came to a head on January 1, 1994, when a militant political faction, the Zapatista National Liberation Army (or EZLN), led by a mysterious man known only as Subcommandante Marcos, led a massive raid that took control of five villages and 500 ranches in Mexico. The EZLN’s actions were in protest of the ratification of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which (among other things) cleared the way for agricultural imports that effectively destroyed the livelihood of Mexico’s poorest citizens. Since then, the Mexican government has ruthlessly hunted down the EZLN and their leadership, though officials have denied the existence of the Peace and Justice Party, the paramilitary group established to wipe out the EZLN. For A Place Called Chiapas, Canadian documentarian Nettie Wild spent nine months in Chiapas, Mexico, one of the nation’s poorest regions and a stronghold of the EZLN, following the activities of both the EZLN rebels and the Peace and Justice party, and scoring a rare on-camera interview with Marcos (who prefers to communicate using the more anonymous and widely circulated medium of the Internet). A Place Called Chiapas won the prize for Best Documentary at the 1998 Los Angeles International Film Festival.

“Zapatistas”
Directed By: Benjamin Eichert and Rick Rowley
1999, 56 min.

This documentary film features a narration by Rafael Sebastian Guillen Vicente aka Subcomandante Marcos, leader of the Zapatista National Liberation Army (Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional), on the armed Chiapas rebellion which was launched in 1994. Also narrated by Edward James Olmos, Noam Chomsky, Geronimo Pratt and Mumia Abu-Jamal. Music soundtrack performed by “Rage Against The Machine”
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Saturday, June 19, 2010
The Guillermo Morales/Assata Shakur Center @ City College Room 3-201 (NAC Building)
W. 138th Street & Convent Avenue
Harlem, New York
(212) 650-5008 morales.shakur@yahoo.com
3:00pm – 7:00pm

“Chronicle of Hope: Nicaragua”
Directed By: Allan Siegel
Producer: Third World Newsreel
1985, 50 min.,

Narrated by American documentary filmmaker Emile de Antonio, this is an intimate look at a journey made by ordinary Americans to provide humanitarian aid to Nicaragua during the U.S.- sponsored contra war and economic embargo. A concerned group collected fifty tons of medical supplies from churches, human and went by ship with the supplies to Nicaragua’s East Coast. Once there, they traveled to the interior, where local farmers, doctors and teachers revealed the crucial changes being made by the Sandinistas in health care, education, farming and the treatment of Miskito Indians.

“Fidel: The Untold Story”
Directed By: Estela Bravo
2001, 92 min.

Estela Bravo’s “Fidel: The Untold Story” features prominent Americans including Muhammed Ali, Ted Turner, Alice Walker, Harry Belafonte, Sydney Pollack, Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez and former and current U.S. government figures including Arthur Schlesinger, Ramsey Clark, Wayne Smith and Congressman Charles Rangel — offering a unique political and historical viewpoint on Castro and the long-standing U.S. embargo against Cuba. The film includes exclusive interviews with Fidel Castro offering a rare glimpse into his life as Bravo’s camera captures various personal and political moments with Castro swimming with bodyguards, visiting his childhood home, joking with his friend Nelson Mandela, meeting Elian Gonzalez, and celebrating his birthday with the Buena Vista Social Club. “Fidel: The Untold Story” provides a compelling new perspective of this powerful and charismatic figure.

“The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”
Directed By: Kim Bartley
2003, 74 mins.

“The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” is a film about Hugo Chavez, elected president of Venezuela in 1998, and the U.S. supported coup that briefly took him from power. He is beloved by his nation’s working class and a tough-as-nails, quixotic opponent to the power structure that would see him deposed. Two independent filmmakers were inside the presidential palace on April 11, 2002, when he was forcibly removed from office. They were also present 48 hours later when, remarkably, he returned to power amid cheering aides. Their film records what was probably history’s shortest-lived coup d’?tat. It’s about political muscle and an extraordinary portrait of the man The Wall Street Journal credits with making Venezuela “Washington?s biggest Latin American headache after the old standby, Cuba.”

For Any Further Information Please Contact:
Bro. Shep: (212) 650-5008 or Panthershepcat@aol.com

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