The turbulent decade of the 1960s marked a turning point in the long struggle for Mexican-American civil rights. As César Chávez and Dolores Huerta organized California’s farmworkers to fight for better wages and a union, Chicana and Chicano students in Los Angeles conducted high-school “blowouts” to protest educational neglect. Throughout the US Southwest, activists deployed an array of strategies that included the takeover of public buildings and lands, as well as more conventional voter registration campaigns, to demand political and social change. The youth of the Chicana/o Movement—or, el Movimiento—paved the way for the eventual creation of Latina/o Studies programs in US universities. (Digital presentation) There will be a Q&A with director John Valadez to follow screening.
Event sponsors include Latino Studies Program, Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (DEMA), College of Arts and Sciences’ Ostrom Grants Program, College
Arts & Humanities Institute (CAHI), La Casa – IU Latino Cultural Center, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Department of American Studies, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Black Film Center/Archive, Department of Communication & Culture, Department of History, and IU Cinema.