October 24, 2008
¡Sorpresa!, America’s fastest-growing Spanish-language children’s network, announced today that “I Want My Parents Back” has been selected as the winner of the ¡Sorpresa! Youth Film Competition at the 16th Annual Hampton’s International Film Festival.
“I Want My Parents Back” focuses on the issue of immigration by highlighting the story of the San Diego-based Muñoz family. The documentary features seventeen-year-old Leslie and nine-year-old Adilene, who recall their parents’ deportation and its effects on their lives. The short was a collaboration among eight San Diego-based teenagers under the guidance of the Media Arts Center San Diego Teen Producers Program.
“‘I Want My Parents Back’ reflects how Hispanic youth can empower themselves through filmmaking and impact social change,” stated Maria Badillo, Senior Vice President of Programming for ¡Sorpresa!. “¡Sorpresa!’s exclusive programming like “Luz, Cámara, ¡Sorpresa!” provides kids with the opportunity to express their concerns, dreams, and hopes in a creative and culturally relevant way.”
The 2nd annual special “Luz, Cámara, ¡Sorpresa!,” hosted by award-winning film director Jorge Colon, includes excerpts from the five finalist entries as well as behind-the-scenes footage and personal stories of several of the competition’s participants. The network’s original program will premiere on ¡Cine Sorpresa! on Oct. 26 at 8:30 PM EST after an encore presentation of the 2007 special at 8 PM EST.