OJC Press Release ID: 2451

Monday, January 11, 2016


"Latino Americans: 500 Years of History" screening Jan. 25
"War and Peace" will be moderated by producer John Valadez
 
Otero Junior College will be hosting another screening of an episode from the PBS documentary “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” at 6 p.m. Jan. 25 in the Ed Stafford Theater.

The episode shown will be “War and Peace.” The producer of the episode, John Valadez, will be serving as moderator for the episode, which will be followed by a discussion. The event is free and open to the public.

Valadez provided a synopsis of the episode:
“Half a million Latinos fought in World War II.  They came from the barrios of California, the caserios of Puerto Rico, the Pueblos of New Mexico and Colorado and the farms and border towns of Texas.  They fought in every major battle in Europe and the Pacific, and were the most decorated of any ethnic group during the war.  And like other Americans the experience would change them forever.  In a few short years they would be transformed as the war overseas forced them to fight a new battle at home: the fight against discrimination and racism.”

Valadez is a Peabody Award-winning filmmaker with two Emmy nominations. He has written and directed a dozen nationally broadcast documentary films for PBS over the past 18 years.

In addition to the “War and Peace” episode, Valadez also produced the “Prejudice and Pride Episode,” (shown last September at OJC) of the PBS Latino American documentary. His films have tackled such diverse subjects as the false imprisonment of a leader of the Black Panther Party; Latino gangs in Chicago; segregation in America’s schools; the history of Latino civil rights; and the genocide of Native Americans in the Southwest.  They have garnered top prizes at film festivals from San Francisco to Mumbai, have been broadcast across the United States, Canada and Europe, and have been featured at major museums and cultural institutions - places like The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, The National Gallery of Art in Washington, Lincoln Center, and the Hirschhorn Museum.
Valadez grew up in Seattle, taught photography in India, and today lives in a small New England village in upstate New York. 

Valadez’s appearance, along with the screening of the film, is made possible by the “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” grant that Otero Junior College received from the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Area middle and high school students have been invited to a screening that afternoon, which Valadez will also facilitate.

The episode shown in September was well-received by the audience and led to a very thought-provoking discussion. Organizers hope for a similar experience this time.

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Otero Junior College will be hosting another screening of an episode from the PBS documentary “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” at 6 p.m. Jan. 25 in the Ed Stafford Theater. The episode shown will be “War and Peace.” The producer of the episode, John Valadez, will be serving as moderator of a post-screening discussion. The event is free and open to the public.