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Indocumentales: Empire of Dreams (1880-1942)

Monday, November 23, 2015, 6:30 p.m.

KJCC Auditorium, 53 Washington Square South, New York, NY, 10012 (map)

Eventbrite - Indocumentales: "Empire of Dreams (1880-1942)"

CineCLACS, what moves you?, and Cinema Tropical present Empire of Dreams (1880-1942) of the PBS series Latino Americans.
Widespread immigration to the U.S. from Latin countries begins – first with a small group from Cuba, then a larger one from Mexico. Both flee chaos and violence in their home country and are attracted by opportunities in the United States. In 1898, the U.S. helps liberate Cuba and Puerto Rico from Spain but then seizes Puerto Rico as its colony. The first Puerto Rican arrivals (now U.S. citizens) establish a network in New York.

Juan Salvador Villaseñor whose story is told by his son, Victor, flees the violence of the Mexican revolution of 1910, along with his mother and two sisters. We follow Juan Salvador's story; first through a grueling journey and poverty, then as a bootlegger, and finally as a successful businessman along with his wife and children in the United States.

During the 1920s, immigration is encouraged with the expanding U.S. economy. Mexicans and Mexican Americans build a thriving community in Los Angeles and look forward to a bright future. But when the economic boom of that 1920s ends with the catastrophic Depression of the thirties, the pendulum swings. Immigrants encouraged to immigrate in the 20s are deported en masse in the 30s. Emilia Castaneda loses her home and her family when she and her father and brother are deported to Mexico, despite the fact that Emilia and her brother are U.S. citizens. Puerto Ricans, also caught in the depths of the Depression, rebel against U.S. rule on the Island, and eventually gain Commonwealth status from the U.S. Government.

The film will be followed by a conversation with Juan González who is the co-host of Democracy Now, and 2015 Andrés Bello Chair in Latin American Cultures and Civilizations at NYU's King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, and the Executive Director of Legal Initiatives at the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, Maribel Hernandez Rivera.

During a career of more than 35 years, Juan González has become one of the nation’s best-known Latino journalists. A staff columnist for New York’s Daily News since 1987, he has also been co-host for the past 18 years of Democracy Now!, a daily morning news show that airs on more than 1,300 public and community radio stations in the US and Latin America.

Maribel Hernández Rivera is the Executive Director of Legal Initiatives at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. She previously served as Supervising Attorney at Immigrant Justice Corps and is a former Fried Frank/ MALDEF fellow.  Prior to attending law school, Ms. Hernández Rivera worked for The Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative in Mozambique where she managed the first HIV/AIDS pediatric clinic in the country’s central region. Ms. Hernández Rivera received her J.D. from New York University School of Law and served as articles editor of the New York University Law Review.  She received her Masters in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and her A.B. from Harvard University.  Ms. Hernández Rivera served as law clerk to the Honorable Mary M. Schroeder in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. MOIA: IDNYC:  

Indocumentales is a film and conversation series exploring the immigrant experience. For more on Indocumentales click here.

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