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Truxal Library Special Topic Guide: Esperanza, A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope. Fall 2021

Hispanic Heritage Month 2021: how great our tomorrow can be if we hold onto our resilience and hope.

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Videos Spotlight at the Truxal Library

Poetry in America: "Hymmnn and Hum Bom!" , Dir. Elisa New., Prod. Leah Reis-Dennis, and Verse Video Education. , Public Broadcasting Service, 2017. Alexander Street, 2017. "Hymmnn" and "Hum Bom" by Allen Ginsberg, featuring Bono, Juan Felipe Herrera, and a chorus of religious chant practitioners. Poetry in America gathers distinguished interpreters from all walks of life to explore and debate 12 unforgettable American poems. Athletes and poets, politicians and musicians, architects, scientists, actors, entrepreneurs, and citizens of all ages join host and Harvard professor Elisa New to experience and share the power of poetry in this visually dazzling and archivally rich series. 


"The Whole Enchilada.",  Prod. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. , Filmakers Library, 2010. Alexander Street. In recent years over a million Latin Americans in search of a better life have surged into the U.S. -- conventionally and illegally. The U.S. has undergone arguably the most dramatic demographic and cultural shifts in its history and Latinos are expected to emerge as a potential American majority by 2050. The Whole Enchilada details how this growth has resulted in acute growing pains: conservative commentators railing against porous borders and complaining about illegal Latinos taking jobs away from Americans; an increase in hate crimes against Latinos, specifically in the infamous murder in Patchogue, N.Y.; extremely high unemployment in Latino communities; and young Hispanics joining gangs. The film also shows the increasing Latino vibrancy and optimism especially in Los Angeles where there is a new sense of empowerment. The L.A. City Councilman Tony Cardenas touted as a future political leader, the actress Lupe Ontiveros, Josefina Lopez, the screenwriter of Real Women Have Curves, now the director of a theatre company, and TV anchor Geraldo Rivera are some of the people interviewed in this lively film. Most dramatically, the recent appointment of the Supreme Court's first Hispanic justice, Sonia Maria Sotomayor, sent a powerful message of hope and opportunity to the Latino community.


"Latino Vote: Dispatches from the Battleground.", Dir. Bernardo Ruiz. , Prod. Andrea Cordoba, and Quiet Pictures. , Public Broadcasting Service, 2020. Alexander Street.  This film follows the efforts of community leaders working to ensure Latino voter turnout. How will these efforts impact the presidential election result, and will 2020 be a tipping point for the impact of the Latino vote?

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