College Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month by Holding First Film Festival



October 13, 2015 | Events

Hispanic Heritage Month (October) recognizes the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanics and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrates their heritage and culture. This year, Guttman marks Hispanic Heritage month by launching the College’s first film festival. Since approximately 55% of the students at Guttman Community College identify themselves as Latino/Hispanic, this event honors their shared experiences as young Latino/Hispanic men and women. The festival features three films:

Harvest of Empire: Explores the political events, social conditions and U.S. government actions that led millions of Latinos to leave their homelands and move to America.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Film Screening followed by Q&A with Assistant Professor Paul Naish and Student Success Advocate Nelson Castro.

Boys of Summer: On the tiny island of Curaçao, Manager Vernon Isabella has sent his Little League All-Stars to the World Series for seven consecutive years, routinely defeating such baseball powerhouses as Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic to win a spot in Williamsport.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 11:30 and 6:30 p.m.

Film Screening followed by Q&A with Assistant Professor Alia Tyner-Mullings.

Photos of Angie: In 2008, the media reported that 18 year-old, Mexican-American Angie Zapata was found dead in her small apartment in Greely, Colorado. What was not reported was that Angie was born as Justin. That same year, there were 44 reported murders of transgender persons worldwide and the United States Congress was beginning to debate whether or not to include sexual orientation and gender identity in the federal hate crime law. Angie’s case was the first time the murder of a transgender person was successfully prosecuted under hate crime laws in the United States.

Monday, October 26, 2015, 1:30 and 6:30 p.m.:

Film Screening followed by Q&A with Assistant Professors Kristina Baines and Vanita Naidoo.

The films Harvest of Empire and Photos of Angie are directly connected to themes students study in their Guttman coursework (City Seminar II and Sexuality and Gender courses, respectively). The Info Commons has also purchased the three movies to be part of the permanent Info Commons collection after the festival.

In addition to the three film screenings, the Hispanic Heritage festival will feature a panel discussion at 12:00 p.m. on October 22: How and in what ways do Latinos express their heritage through film?

Moderator: Patricia Payano, Student Success Advocate

Panelists: Hector Cordero-Guzman, Ph. D., Mathew Ramirez-Warren, Elena Martinez, and Iris Morales, J.D.