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The Arizona Humanities Council presents
The Paul Espinosa Border Film Festival
Friday, May 7th to Sunday, May 9th
Tempe Center for the Arts
Free and open to the public



The Paul Espinosa Border Film Festival is a community media project exploring the history and culture of our southwestern border through the medium of film. This 3-day film festival features five award-winning Espinosa films that capture the transformative energy of the men and women of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, both past and present, and reflect a deep commitment to this community's culture, history, identity and struggle. In the telling of these meaningful stories, we seek to expand understanding, provoke dialogue, and honor emotions that link the experiences of these individuals to the larger human tapestry of our times. Each film will be introduced by filmmaker Paul Espinosa and will be followed by a discussion about the film with a humanities scholar and the filmmaker.

Film Festival Line-up

Friday, May 7th

6:00 p.m. - Opening Coffee & Dessert Reception with Filmmaker Paul Espinosa
Arizona State University, Transborder Chicana/o & Latina/o Studies

7:00 p.m. - The Lemon Grove Incident
56 minutes The Lemon Grove Incident
The story of the Mexican American community's response to a 1930 school board attempt to create a segregated school for their children leading to America's first successful legal desegregation case.

Post-film discussion facilitated by Dr. Luis Alvarez, University of California, San Diego

9:00 p.m. - The U.S-Mexican War: 1846-1848
56 minutes The U.S.-Mexican War: 1846-1848
This documentary examines the war which transformed the North American continent, shaping the destinies of both Mexico and the United States. It presents the historical, social and cultural forces surrounding this pivotal period in the history of two neighboring countries and the creation the US-Mexico border as we know it today.

Post-film discussion facilitated by Dr. Edward Escobar, Arizona State University



Saturday, May 8th

2:00 p.m. - Los Mineros/The Miners
55 minutes Los Mineros
This documentary recounts the story of Mexican-American miners and their struggle to shape the course of Arizona history between 1903 and 1947. The program profiles the rise and fall of the sister cities of Clifton-Morenci, where the mining of copper ore governed the lives of all the inhabitants.

Post-film discussion facilitated by Dr. Christine Marin, Arizona State University

4:00 p.m. - The Hunt for Pancho Villa
56 minutes Pancho Villa
This film profiles Pancho Villa's dramatic raid on Columbus, New Mexico in 1916 and the American Punitive Expedition, led by General John "Blackjack" Pershing, sent to capture him. These events brought the U.S. and Mexico to the brink of war in the early part of the twentieth century.

Post-film discussion facilitated by Dr. Eduardo Pagan, Arizona State University



Sunday, May 9th

2:00 p.m. - ...and the earth did not swallow him
99 minutes Earth
A feature film adaptation for PBS' American Playhouse series of Tomas Rivera's classic novel ...y no se lo trago la tierra. The film is a moving and powerful portrait of the life of a poor Mexican American boy and his migrant farm worker family as they struggle to adjust to life in American society.

Post-film discussion facilitated by Dr. Marivel Danielson, Arizona State University

5:00 p.m. - Closing Reception


The Paul Espinosa Film Festival is possible with the support of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe Cultural Services and Espinosa Productions.

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