Join us for "East LA Interchange: The Past and Present of an Immigrant Community," a free screening of the award-winning Boyle Heights documentary on Monday, October 30th at 7:00pm in the Roosevelt High School Auditorium, 456 S. Mathews St., Los Angeles, CA 90033.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion at 8:00pm with notable scholars, Dr. George Sanchez (Professor of American Studies & Ethnicity, and History at the University of Southern California), Dr. Marisela Chávez (Associate Professor and Chair of Chicana/Chicano Studies at California State University Dominguez Hills), Dr. Gilbert Estrada (Assistant Professor of History at Long Beach City College), and filmmaker Betsy Kalin. The event places the issues of today – multiculturalism, immigrant rights, social and environmental justice, community activism, gentrification, and institutional racism – in historical context to better understand their continued impact on the neighborhood.
The film will screen with Spanish subtitles and the panel will have translation for Spanish speakers. Free parking is available on site at Roosevelt.
An amazing story nine years in the making, "East LA Interchange" has been awarded ten jury and audience awards from across the country including the Los Angeles City Historical Society's J. Thomas Owen Award for honoring L.A. history. The film features narration by Danny Trejo (Machete) and interviews with will.i.am (The Black Eyed Peas), Father Greg Boyle (Homeboy Industries), and Josefina López (Real Women Have Curves) as well as an original song by Raul Pacheco (Ozomatli).
"East LA Interchange" follows the evolution of working-class, immigrant Boyle Heights, from multiethnic to predominately Latino and a center of Mexican-American culture in the U.S. Boyle Heights was once far more diverse than most American cities; Latinos, Asians, African-Americans, and the largest settlement of Jews west of Chicago lived and worked together side by side. The film shows how this Los Angeles neighborhood survived the construction of the largest freeway system in North America, and now faces gentrification and displacement.