November 30, 2007

Immigration Raids, Education and HIV/AIDS Spotlighted in Premiere Benefit Screening of Youth-Produced Documentaries

Media Arts Center San Diego (MACSD) is proud to screen three new documentaries at its 6th Anniversary Teen Producers Project Celebration and Student Scholarship Fundraiser on Friday, December 7th at 5:30 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Arts San Diego’s new Downtown location – 1100 Kettner Blvd., San Diego.

The event will include the premiere screening of three locally-produced Teen Producer Project documentaries from the past year. The first documentary, “I Want My Parents Back,” examines the effects of recent ICE raids on San Diego communities by highlighting the Munoz family.

The story of the Munoz family has been well documented in a variety of Spanish and English media outlets. The subject of an immigration raid into their neighborhood and home, the Munoz family has been displaced and separated by current immigration policy. The parents, Zelma and Abel, have been deported to Mexico and their children, Leslie (17), Marcos (13) and Adilene (9) attempt to survive and support themselves in the United States.

Join the Media Arts Center San Diego in recognizing the Munoz family and a special group of local San Diego teens committed to keeping this important story in the news. “I Want My Parents Back” is part of the ongoing City Stories project, and funded by the Bravo Foundation.

The second documentary to be screened, “It’s Your Life, Live it Safe”, focuses on the impact of HIV in the Native American Community. Working in collaboration with the San Diego American Indian Health Center, a group of local San Diego teens trace the effect of this devastating disease on their community, and examine the cultural stereo types associated with the virus. The video highlights the importance of awareness and education for the Native American community in combating the HIV virus.

The third documentary to be the premiered, “The A-G Requirements: Your Pathways to California’s Colleges and Universities”, is a collaborative project with San Diego County Office of Education (LRET Division) and Migrant Education Program (Region IX). “The A-G Requirements: Your Pathways to California’s Colleges and Universities” shows both students and Spanish-speaking parents the importance of education and how it can positively influence their lives. Teen Producers explain the requirements needed at the high school level in order continue onto higher education by telling the story of a successful student, Stephanie Aguilar, and the sacrifices her family has made in order for her to pursue her education goals. The documentary is predominantly in Spanish with English subtitles, and is an informative tool that will be used in schools and libraries throughout the country.

The event will also showcase student work, community partners, and video interviewees from other Teen Producers Project work produced throughout the past year, including Herminia Enrique – Defendiendo Mi Cultura, Victor Ochoa – Pintando la Comunidad, and Roger Cazares – Passion, Justice and Community, which are part of the Voices of Change project; and Girls Working for a Better Tomorrow, part of the Refugee Voices Project.

In addition to the film screening, there will be live music, a silent auction, photo opportunities with Teen Producers Project students, parents, instructors, sponsors and community partners. Guests will be served an array of hors d’ouevres and drinks.

Former and present Teen Producers Project students will be honored, and a new Teen Producers Project scholarship recipient will be announced. All donations will benefit future Teen Producers Project programs and youth scholarship funds, including the Greg Muskewitz Fund.

Suggested Donations: $50 for Guests; $500 for Patrons; and $1000 for Corporate Sponsors (includes table and promotional opportunities).

RSVP/Donate: http://www.mediaartscenter.org/TPPFundraiser07 or contact Farzad Nikbakht at (619) 230-1938 x 102. E-mail: farzad@mediaartscenter.org.

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