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Preview Screenings: 'As Long As I Remember: American Veteranos' By Laura Varela

  • When Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at 6 p.m.
  • Where Malcolm X Library and Logan Heights Library,
  • Age limit All ages
  • Categories Films, Heritage & Cultural
  • Cost Free
Promotional image of Michael W. Rodriguez during his military service in Vietnam, from the film "As Long As I Remember: American Veteranos." Writer, Michael W. Rodriguez is featured in the documentary. Photo by LA Parker.

Above: Promotional image of Michael W. Rodriguez during his military service in Vietnam, from the film "As Long As I Remember: American Veteranos." Writer, Michael W. Rodriguez is featured in the documentary. Photo by LA Parker.

As part of the "Splendors of Mexico, the Herminia Tribute," the documentary film, "As Long As I Remember: American Veteranos" by Laura Varela will screen in San Diego:

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at 1 p.m. at the Malcolm X Library, located at 5148 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92114. Google Map

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at 6 p.m. at Logan Heights Library, located at 567 South 28th Street, San Diego, CA 92113. Google Map

Sponsored by: Ballet Folklorico en Aztlan Inc., Media Arts Center San Diego, and KPBS

About the film:
At the height of the Vietnam War, Mexican Americans and Latino’s only made up 10% of the nation’s population, nevertheless they suffered 20% of the casualties in Viet Nam. The soldier/warrior tradition is a big part of Chicano culture and continues today in our current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. This film examines the personal legacy, memories and healing of the Vietnam war and asks the question, “Does a soldier, his family and community ever really heal from the wounds of war.”

Produced and directed by San Antonio filmmaker Laura Varela, and produced by Fernando S. Cano, the documentary chronicles the experiences of three South Texas Vietnam-era veterans who are also artists: visual artist Juan Farías, author Michael Rodríguez and poet/performance artist Eduardo Garza. The film takes the audience through the lives of the artists and their families: growing up in the Mexican American community, their military service in Vietnam, and their lives after the war – and examines the role art plays in the sorting of sometimes painful memories. Laura Varela will attend the screenings.

For more information contact Nancy Rodriguez at (619)248-8943, by email or visit varelafilm.org.

The San Diego broadcast on KPBS TV will be Monday September 6, 2010 at 11 p.m., as well as PBS World September 29, 2010.

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