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  • Festival De Mujeres

    Taped at the first-ever women’s street fair held in Pilsen, a predominantly Latinx, working-class neighborhood in Chicago. The event was organized by Mujeres Latinas in Accion to showcase Latinx women’s culture and to provide information about social services, health services and recreational opportunities available for women. The video captures the activity and color of the fair and features readings by poets Salima Rivera and Marta Callazo. Comments by organizers, participants and local residents give insight into the role of Latinx women in society at that time. Produced, videotaped, and edited by Eleanor Boyer and Karen Peugh with a grant from the Illinois Arts Council. Continue reading

  • La Maestra: Maria Luisa Michel Almonte

    Maria Almonte immigrated from Mexico to Chicago’s Pilsen–Little Village neighborhood in 1950. An
    artist/teacher, she supported her family from her flower shop business and became a leader in the
    educational and cultural life of the community. She taught traditional arts, crafts, and practical skills

    like dress-making in settlement houses, in community workshops and in her own studio. At the age of
    70 she continued to teach and act on her belief that artistic expression is a powerful tool for
    developing cultural identity and individual self-esteem. The video shows Ms. Almonte in community-
    sponsored workshops teaching neighborhood residents how to make traditional cut-paper ornaments
    and how to design clothing. In the hall of a local church her students model their creations and receive
    recognition. Produced, directed and edited by Eleanor Boyer and Karen Peugh. Partially funded by
    the Illinois Arts Council and the Center for New Television with a Joyce Foundation grant.
    Gold Can Award, Chicago Access Corporation, 1986; Certificate of Merit, Chicago International
    Film Festival, 1984
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  • Reality: Family, Community, The Truce

    Reality: Family, Community, The Truce

    This video presents a variety of interviews and musical performances on the subject of gangs and gang violence. The primary topic is the truce between Black and Latinx gangs in the Oakwood area of the neighborhood of Venice in Los Angeles, California in the summer of 1994.

    The people in the video include gang members, former gang members, and members of Los Angeles communities most affected by gangs. Speakers discuss the root causes of gangs, including disinvestment and lack of economic opportunity in Black and Latinx neighborhoods.

    Produced through the Imperial Courts Cap Video Workshop, 1994. Continue reading

  • La Gigantona Shoot

    00:01 Camera opens on some men standing in a truck and children surrounding them in Nicaragua. The kids crowd around the camera and recording equipment. They unload drums and masks from the truck, and the kids play the drums. Shots of people walking around and kids putting on the masks. Men riding on a tractor. Woman speaks in spanish as a demonstration for the camera and the drums play, large masks dance.  16:33 Cut to a group of men sitting … Continue reading

  • [Bridging the Black-Chicano Gap Through Art 9/23/91]

    An episode of Message to the Grassroots, a cable access talk show produced & hosted by Michael Zinzun from 1988-1998 at Pasadena Community Access Corporation, which is now Pasadena Media . This program focuses on community art. Continue reading

  • [Howard Zinn raw #76: Same event, different perspective, as #74]

    [Howard Zinn raw #76: Same event, different perspective, as #74]

    Howard Zinn speaking at Campos High School. Continue reading

  • [Howard Zinn raw #51: Zinn continues his remarks on U.S. global involvement and answers questions]

    [Howard Zinn raw #51: Zinn continues his remarks on U.S. global involvement and answers questions]

    Howard Zinn speaks at Amherst College on “The Myth of the Cold War” and responds to audience questions. Continue reading

  • Chicago Tonight: 1996 Democratic National Convention, Day 2

    Chicago Tonight: 1996 Democratic National Convention, Day 2

    This special edition of Chicago Tonight covers the second day of the 1996 Democratic National Convention, including Jesse Jackson’s speech to the convention floor. Continue reading

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