Sonoma State University Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

hispanic.jpegA series of events intended to highlight and celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month are scheduled at SSU. Events range from film showings that touch upon Hispanic themes and real-world issues to slam poetry.

The heritage celebrations opened with the film La Mission on Sept.19. Growing up in the Mission District of San Francisco, Che Rivera (Benjamin Bratt) has always had to be tough to survive. A reformed inmate and recovering alcoholic, Che has worked hard to redeem his life and to do right by his only son, Jes, whom he has raised on his own after the death of his wife. Che's path to redemption is tested, however, when he discovers Jes is gay. See the trailer at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8FIc2gyUB0

On Sept. 20, ASP hosted a Poetry Slam that featured Andres Gomez, an award-winning writer and performer from New York City and the author of an upcoming memoir, "Man Up". His work draws attention to challenging and often ignored social issues and delivers an empowering message built on the belief that everyone is "distinctly beautiful." See the clip at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdHWVlpBGiY


Upcoming events include:


Oct. 2- The Secret in Their Eyes" showing at 7 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room in the Student Union. A 2009 Argentine crime thriller directed by Juan José Campanella based on Sacheri's novel La Pregunta de Sus Ojos (The Question in Their Eyes) covers the years 1974-75 and 2000 to tell the story of a rape and murder case that has an enduring, decades-long effect on the people closest to it. The film takes place in the years prior to Argentina's Dirty War (1976-83). Free. View the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cNd1OIp808


Oct. 15- Amor Cronico, showing at 7 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room in the Student Union. A film about the flamboyant Cuban-born / New York based singer CuCu Diamantes on her tour around Cuba interweaves footage of live music performances with a fictional love story narrative. An energetic display of Cucu Diamantes' glamorous performance style with a fresh Latin pop soundtrack and a comical twist, Amor Cronico is a unique portrait of a Cuban artist traveling back to her roots. Free.
Check out the trailer at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DwcsYvS1PI


For more information on these and other events, call (707) 664-2815 or visit www.sonoma.edu/as/asp.

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