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Fort Worth Movies That Matter Latino

This quarterly film series celebrates the diversity that exists within the Latino culture. Each event features a film screening, followed by a moderated discussion with local subject matter experts. Screenings are held in March, June, September and December.

Admission is free.

East of Salinas

NR, 2016, 53 min.

This film tells the story of 3rd grader José, whose parents work from sun up to sun down in the heart of California’s “Steinbeck Country,” the Salinas Valley and his teacher, Oscar Ramos, once a migrant farm kid himself who worked hard have a different life and won a scholarship to the University of California, Berkeley. The day he earned his degree, he bought a car, drove home to the fields, and has been teaching ever since. Every day, Oscar faces the struggle of teaching children that have no place to do homework and move every few months. As he teaches his students reading, math and science, he gives them access to a world beyond their reach. At the beginning of the story, José tells us what he wants to be when he grows up, but he was born in Mexico - and he’s on the cusp of understanding the implications of that. As we watch this play out over three years, we begin to understand the cruelty of circumstance - for José and the many millions of undocumented kids like him.

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Movies That Matter Latino is a program of the Fort Worth Human Relations Commission (HRC). The HRC provides services related to basic human and civil rights, including enforcement of the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance and federal housing, employment and public accommodation laws.

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Last updated: Sept. 6, 2017