Americans of Latino background as descendants of immigrant families are responding to Weaving the Past’s engaging and positive portrayal of immigrant family life and its wider history. The film is also appealing to Americans of other ethnicities who are curious to learn the stories and history of Latino people, while also identifying with Weaving the Past’s universal theme of searching for family origins.
The film continues through Thursday, August 28 at the LAEMMLE PLAYHOUSE 7 THEATERS at 673 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101. Daily screenings are 1pm, 4pm, 7pm, 10pm. Ticket information is at (310) 478-3836 or online at: http://www.laemmle.com/
In this film, which recently was recognized for its outstanding work by receiving an Accolade international film competition Award of Merit, and The Indie Fest Award for Documentary Feature and Editing, Los Angeles-based filmmaker Walter Dominguez takes viewers with him on his quest to unravel the secrets of his late Mexican-born grandfather, the Methodist Minister Emilio N. Hernandez. Through compelling story-telling that weaves documentary footage, archival photographs, interviews and vivid re-enactments, Dominguez pieces together the remarkable journey of his grandfather, who began life in extreme poverty and at age five was forced to flee abuse at home and seek refuge as a worker on a large hacienda.
“Facing certain imprisonment and death by execution, my grandfather and his comrades escaped across the open U.S.-Mexico border and began a new a life as laborers laying railroad tracks in the wide expanses of the American West and then eventually as miners in Arizona,” said Dominguez.
“The work at the mines in Arizona, where discrimination against Mexican laborers was rampant, caused them to begin unionizing Mexican miners, and then from their base of operations in the U.S. becoming major players in the growing movement to overthrow Porfirio Diaz, which ultimately succeeded - at great personal cost and death,” added Dominguez.
Among the many other revelations in this carefully researched and highly engaging documentary is a riveting portrayal of how Los Angeles' Anglo Americans and Mexican immigrants successfully worked together one hundred years ago to create much-needed social change in the segregated city, and how Los Angeles played a key role in assisting the Mexican Revolution.
"It’s my hope that this film will not only give the viewer a better understanding of key historical events in Los Angeles and Mexico, but will also serve as a driving force in encouraging folks from a variety of ethnicities and traditions to work together in tackling the challenges of life.”
For more information about “Weaving the Past: Journey of Discovery” go to www.weavingthepast.com, and facebook.com/
Lori De Waal
Lori De Waal