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Review: SDLFF Documania

March 15, 2011 9:52 a.m.

KPBS film critic Beth Accomando reports on the Documania program at SDLFF.

Related Story: Local Event: Documania


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March 15, 2011

The Latino Film Festival is in full swing. KPBS film critic Beth Accomando suggests checking out the Documania program.


LATFEST 2 (ba)

The San Diego Latino Film Festival serves up a number of sidebar programs.
This year non-fiction films are highlighted in a showcase called Documania.
Festival director Ethan Van Thillo says these films tap into hot button issues.

LATFEST 2A (:32)
"Precious Knowledge" is about Arizona and the students and teachers in Tucson, Arizona, that are fighting to keep the ethnic studies and Chicano studies programs at the high school level. These programs are being cut by the school district and the politicians, and Arizona is such a hotbed of activity in regards to the Latino community but we're also seeing that that's happening across the country, different states are trying to adopt similar laws.

The film's producer Eren McGinnis, is a former San Diego resident who studied at SDSU. Now her son Max is a student at Tucson High School, so part of her interest in making the film was as a concerned parent.

LATFEST 2B (:18)
State school superintendent Tom Horn wants to end ethnic studies programs… I'm calling on Tucson Unified School District to shut down the ethnic studies programs… they won't use my tax dollars to promote teaching of hate speech, sedition… no matter how far this bill goes, we're here together in the lucha.

"Precious Knowledge" has its world premiere on Friday. The festival runs through March 20 at the UltraStar Mission Valley Theaters at Hazard Center

Beth Accomando, KPBS News.