Ahora, éstas son algunas películas de tema Latino aquí en EEUU y de otros lugares hispanos donde Dios nos visita...
Chicano! The History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement
The Lemon Grove Incident
Luke Caliente Productions, in association with El Teatro Campesino, has presented the musical <B>Emiliano</B>, an experimental workshop/lab production, at the Playhouse of El Teatro Campesino. Written by the husband and wife writing team of Ana Martínez Guerrera and Peter Edwards, <B>Emiliano</B> chronicles the importance of Emiliano Zapata's role in the Mexican Revolution. In this production, the Spirit of Emiliano reveals himself to a complex, military dictator in the present day. The dictator a Latino Michael Milken-is cutting time-share condo deals on "La playa." He is on his cellular phone pitching a dead to a mysterious Japanese business tycoon named Señor Yamamoto when the spirit of Zapata presents himself. Zapata then transports the dictator back in time to the Mexican Revolution where he magically becomes Zapata's brother "Eufemio."</P> <P> As Eufemio, the dictator lives through the pain and struggle of the fight for "LaTierra." But most importantly, he faces the moral and ethical values in his life. Emiliano is the culmination of a five year quest to tell the story of Emiliano Zapata Edwards and Guerrera spent years researching the Mexican revolutionary, his life and exploits, and the music of his time. "The passion of Zapata, his idealism and refusal to compromise his principles set against the dramatic backdrop of the Mexican Revolution, calls for a serious broad musical treatment," said Edwards. "The true story of Emiliano Zapata should be told to American audiences. In fact, we have our sights on Broadway and beyond." <I>by Andrés Gutiérrez
While you are into plays, here is another one which we should be on the look out for. Bandido! Tiburcio Vásquez, the last man to be publicly executed in the state of California, will have to wait a little while longer to clear his name. Hung as a bandit by authorities in San José in 1875, Vásquez is the subject of Luis Valdez/ "anti-melodrama" <B>Bandido!</B> <B>The American Melodrama of Tiburcio Vásquez, Notorious California Bandit.</B> The play is a presentation of el Teatro Campesino in association with AT&T On Stage has played in several places and, showing the Vásquez' meteoric rise and fall from a new perspective.</P> <P> Born in 1835 of a noble Monterey family descended from the original settlers of San Francisco, Tiburcio Vásquez was a lover, poet, wit and bon vivant. During his lifetime, California was in the midst of turbulent social changes.</P> <P> The Golden State was ceded to the United States in the aftermath of the U.S. War with México. The Gold Rush drew even more Americanos from across the country and injustices prevailed against Mexicans, Chileans and Peruvians in the gold fields. The Foreign Miners Tax Law was imposed and Mexicans and Indians were lynched in the camps. Vásquez chose a life of crime to fight the Anglo settlers responsible for these abuses.</P> <P> A scoundrel, yet also a gentleman, Vásquez abhorred bloodshed. The bandit would rob storekeepers of their money, but would not take their lives. In August of 1873, Vásquez and his men targeted the town of Tres Pinos, approximately 11 miles south of Hollister. Three men were killed and the state of California mobilized its lawmen to bring the bandido to justice. The governor posted a reward of $8,000 for the capture of Vásquez and $6,000 for his corpse. The reward money proved too great a temptation and an anonymous informant turned Vásquez into the authorities.</P> <P> During the six month imprisonment prior to his hanging, Vásquez became quite a legend as a poet and ladies' man. He raised money for his defense by selling hundreds of post cards printed with his photo an biography to the many individuals who paid him visits. His popularity was such that an impresario stage several well attended performances of "The Capture of Vásquez," a play based on the bandit's own story. Vásquez was finally convicted and hung on circumstantial evidence and the lone testimony of his ex-cohort, Adbon Leiva, husband of the lady Rosario with whom Vásquez had had an affair. Even after a long and controversial trial, it was never substantially proven that Vásquez had killed anyone. Nevertheless, as a Mexican "Bandido," he was hung for crimes that he may or may not have committed.</P> <P> More than one hundred years after his capture and execution, Vásquez remains a criminal in the history of the Old West. Bandido! deconstructs the villainy imposed upon Vásquez and provides us with an alternate truth. By placing sacred cows of America and the Old West under careful scrutiny, this "antimelodrama" will add a new name -- Tiburcio Vásquez -- to the pantheon of American heroes.
by Andrés Gutiérrez