December 9, 2005

“BARRIO LOGAN: Youth Voices - Community Stories”

As part of the “BARRIO LOGAN: Youth Voices - Community Stories” project, two documentary films produced by local youth will be shown at the third floor auditorium of the Central Library on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. The Central Library is located at 820 E St. in downtown San Diego.

The documentaries to be screened include “Employment” and “Community Organizing.” Teen producers will be present for a Q&A after the screening.

“Employment” - Language barriers, lack of citizenship, and criminal records are only a few of the struggles people must face when trying to find a job. The efforts of the Employment Resource Center located in Barrio Logan is helping people to overcome those challenges and find employment that supports their families. Student producers include Fitsum Negussie, Stephanie Romero, Sebastian Velazquez, and Jemal Osman.

“Community Organizing” - Residents of Barrio Logan, Logan Heights, and Sherman Heights formed Barrios Unidos Hoy Organizados (United Neighborhoods Organized Today) to fight the issues confronting their communities. Together they pressure political leaders to clean the streets, put lighting in the neighborhoods, save cultural and artistic sites, and stop the rising housing costs that are pushing residents out of the community. Student producers include Filmon Ticho, Joseph Romero, Dereje Tegawl, and Sonia Alvarado.

A joint program of the City of San Diego Public Library and Media Arts Center San Diego’s Teen Producers Project, “BARRIO LOGAN: Youth Voices & Community Stories” is a one-year digital storytelling project that will help sustain, support, celebrate and maintain community identity and pride in an area that is widely regarded as a spiritual center for Latino civic engagement.

Screening is FREE and open to the general public. For more information about the upcoming December 11th screening and/or if you have any suggestions for stories that you would like to be documented, please don’t hesitate to contact Joaquin Ortiz, MACSD Media Arts Instructor, at 619-230-1938 x 106 or joaquin@mediaartscenter.org

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