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¿Que Pasa, Raza? Free Film Series at Northern New Mexico College

The community is invited to film screenings celebrating Chicanx culture and legacy in Honor of Chicano Heritage Month

Join Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) for “¿Que Pasa, Raza?,” a three-part film series celebrating Chicanx culture and legacy featuring filmmakers Aracely Chapa, Danny Lyon, Michael Ramsey and Daniel Tso. This film series stands as a tribute to the enduring spirit and contributions of the Chicanx community, fostering a greater understanding and appreciation of the diversity that enriches our society. Film screenings are from 6 – 8 p.m. August 29 – 31 at NNMC’s Center for the Arts, 921 N Paseo De Onate, Española, N.M.

“Chicanos, Chicanas & Chicanx have achieved undeniable influence in education, public safety, infrastructure, economic development, language, arts and governance among many other contributions in the Española Valley. Sadly, this legacy is often unknown and underrepresented among our people,” said Luis Peña, Community Organizer and curator of the film series. “We hope that this film series serves to uplift, educate and motivate Chicanx to celebrate their unique heritage and engage with the many issues which face our communities.”

The film series opens Tuesday, Aug. 29, with "Acequias: The Legacy Lives On," directed by Aracely Chapa. This deeply moving documentary delves into the historical significance and continued importance of acequias in sustaining communities and preserving cultural traditions.

On Wednesday, Aug. 30, we present "Little Boy," an evocative film titled for the atomic bomb built in New Mexico and dropped on Hiroshima. Director Danny Lyon explores the harsh realities of Chicano and Native life in New Mexico in 1977, weaving a sobering narrative that resonates with viewers of all backgrounds. The film reflects on whether the nuclear industry benefited the material conditions of people in Northern New Mexico in the 1970s.

Culminating the series on Thursday, Aug 31, is "Our Story: The Indigenous Led Fight to Protect Greater Chaco," a powerful collaboration between Michael Ramsey and Daniel Tso. This gripping documentary chronicles the ongoing efforts of indigenous communities to safeguard their sacred lands from environmental threats. The film is narrated by Somáh Haaland, a media organizer for Pueblo Action Alliance.

Each evening begins at 6 p.m. and concludes at 8 p.m. Attendees can immerse themselves in the profound stories and visuals carefully crafted by these esteemed directors then engage in meaningful dialogue about the film’s themes and implications during post-screening panel discussions.

About Chicano Heritage Month:

Chicano Heritage Month, observed annually during the month of August, celebrates the contributions and influence of Chicanos on the history, culture and achievements of the United States. It provides an opportunity to recognize and embrace the rich diversity and cultural heritage of the Chicano community.

Why the month of August?

The Chicano Moratorium of 1970 was a peaceful protest against the Vietnam War organized by the Chicano Movement in the United States. It aimed to raise awareness about the disproportionate number of Chicanos being drafted and killed in the war, as well as address broader issues of civil rights and social justice. The protest culminated in a march and rally in East Los Angeles on August 29, but unfortunately turned violent when clashes occurred between protesters and law enforcement, resulting in deaths and injuries. The Chicano Moratorium remains a significant event in the history of the Chicano civil rights movement.

Event Details:

Screening Schedule:

  • Tuesday, Aug. 29 – "Acequias: The Legacy Lives On"
  • Wednesday, Aug. 30 – "Little Boy"
  • Thursday, Aug. 31 – "Our Story: The Indigenous Led Fight to Protect Greater Chaco"

Time: 6 – 8 p.m. (each day)
Location: Center for the Arts Theater, Northern New Mexico College Campus, 921 Paseo de Oñate, Española, NM
Admission: Free and open to the public.

Photo credit: Chicano Power March, New Mexico 1973 by Lyon @dannylyonphotos2 and bleakbeauty.com

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