https://bpl.bibliocommons.com/events/61c35ecc5afabb28001ac2d6 Boston Public Library: Rabb Lecture Hall
700 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116
Film, Lectures & Conferences, Social Good
A tribute to the unheard voices of the Hispanic community who with “mucho sudor (lots of sweat)" paved the way for the next generations, Latino Pioneers in Boston uses film, print, and exhibition to follow the journeys of eight leaders: Antonio Molina, Alfredo de Jesus, Maria Sanchez, Carmen Pola, Alberto Vassallo, Frieda Garcia, Jaime Rodriguez, and Regla Gonzalez. Curated by local producer and director Blanca E. Bonilla and guided by Boston-based sociologist Miren Uriarte, these unique stories of resilience, strength, and accomplishments contour the migration of Latinos to Massachusetts and their contributions to Boston.
This program program will feature a screening of the 110-minute-long documentary followed by a Q&A with Bonilla and some of the Latino Pioneers. Registration on the event website is required. COVID-19 health and safety protocols will be in place.
To preview the documentary, watch the trailer on YouTube: https://youtu.be/fuaGwtIEGfo.
Blanca E. Bonilla previously made the documentary Dos Idiomas, Una Comunidad / (Two Languages, One Community), which sheds light on how Margarita Muniz, former Greater Boston Area teacher and former principal of the Rafael Hernandez School, played a vital role in the struggle for educating bilingual children in Massachusetts, beginning with the desegregation case of the 1970s.
Miren Uriarte uses teaching and research to focus on different aspects of the intersection of race/ethnicity and social policy. Her historical facts provide the thread that unites a series of interviews comprising Latino Pioneers in Boston.
The overall project also includes The Latino Pioneers in Boston Magazine, slated for distribution to Boston Public Schools, libraries, and community organizations. Latinos Pioneers in Boston as a whole focuses on cultural identity and provides a vehicle for discussion and education about the impacts that Latinos have had in this city.