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Hispanic Heritage Month Film Series

By Katy Kelly

On select Thursdays during Hispanic Heritage Month, the Dayton Human Relations Council, Welcome Dayton and University Libraries will present a film series. 

Screenings, a brief introduction and post-film discussions by guest celebrities will be hosted at University of Dayton's Roesch Library. Refreshments are provided. Each event is PATH-point eligible for UD students and the series is free and open to all. Please see the parking and directions link.

All events will take place 6:30 pm -8:30 pm in the University of Dayton Roesch Library first-floor Collab.

Thursday, Sept. 15: American DREAMers
With special guest Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley

American DREAMers follows the journey of five undocumented youth and an ally who risk their freedom by outing themselves as undocumented and walking more than 3,000 miles across America’s heartland to organize for immigrant rights.Their stories of growing up in a country they know as home while constantly fearing deportation inspires people from all parts of the country to take part in what they believe is their civil rights movement. These are college students, young professionals, activists and community leaders. They are undocumented and unafraid.


Thursday, Sept. 29: Cesar’s Last Fast
Hosted by ABLE Immigration Attorneys and Migrant Outreach Workers

Cesar’s Last Fast is a multi-platform feature documentary about the private sacrifice and spiritual conviction behind Cesar Chavez’s struggle for the humane treatment of America’s farmworkers and the impact Chavez’s legacy has had on today’s generation of organizers fighting for farmworker rights. The film is built around powerful footage of Chavez’s 1988 “Fast for Life,” a 36-day act of penance for not having done enough to stop growers from spraying pesticides on farmworkers. The story of this water-only fast is the film’s dramatic arc into which the filmmakers interweave the historic events that defined Chavez’s life mission and the struggles confronting today’s farmworkers.


Thursday, Oct. 13: Hecho en Mexico
With special guest Gabriela Pickett of Missing Peace Art Space in downtown Dayton

Take a vibrant look at contemporary Mexican culture as experienced through the art and music of the people. Hecho en Mexico showcases the richness of Mexican music from traditional to pop rock and rap, featuring interviews from Diego Luna, Lila Downs and other leading personalities. The result is an inspiring and often funny musical road trip through modern-day “Mexicanity.” Please note this film is rated R for some language, sexual references and brief drug use.


For more information please contact Katy Kelly, communications and outreach librarian.

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