November 19, 2004

Latino Stories and Issues Take Center Stage in Youth-Produced Video Project

The Media Arts Center San Diego’s Teen Producers Project is proud to announce the premiere of Escondido Stories, a Tu Voz TV! documentary comprised of four hard-hitting reports about the Latino community in North County, shot and edited by local migrant youth.

This screening will take place Wednesday, December 1st at the Orange Glen High School’s Performing Arts Building (2200 Glenridge Road, Escondido, California, 92027), at 6:30PM. The documentaries focus on public health, education, politics, and history. In the course of a 15-week training session led by Media Arts Center San Diego’s Instructors, migrant high-school teens learned interview techniques, camera, sound, and non linear editing- ultimately producing four short documentaries addressing issues critical to the health, vibrancy, and well being of Latinos in North County. The specific stories to be screened on December 1st include:

FOR OUR HEALTH. Student producers look at the health care crisis in North County: the lack of access, language and cultural barriers that affect both doctors and patients in the Latino community.

GOING THE DISTANCE. North County faces an educational dilemma. Almost seven out of ten Latino youths drop out of high school. This film exposes the problems, the reasons why, and what possible solutions can be reached.

POLITICA is an investigative documentary about the Latino community and politics in the City of Escondido. Student filmmakers reveal the lack of Latino representation on the city council and school boards. They also discover that Latinos comprise over 40% of the city’s population.

NUESTRA HISTORIA: THE HISTORY OF LATIN-OS IN ESCONDIDO. Es-condido has long been a geographical region with a high concentration of Latinos as residents. Yet most of the history written down about this region overlooks the Latino community’s presence and contribution to North San Diego County. This documentary looks at how two local historians are trying to establish the history of Latinos in Escondido using available resources including one-on-one interviews (oral histories), library collections, and personal collections of memorabilia.

The screening will follow with a Q&A period with the student filmmakers, community leaders who participated in the Tu Voz TV! documentary project; along with a community discussion stimulated by the issues represented in the video stories.

”Tu Voz! TV is one of eight story-based projects throughout the state entitled “Communities Speak,” which will bring people together across ethnic, racial and generational lines to share stories and find common ground for addressing community concerns. Communities Speak follows “Reading the Grapes of Wrath” as the second part of the unprecedented statewide initiative “California Stories,” conducted by the California Council for the Humanities.

The December 1st presentation of Media Arts Center San Diego’s TU VOZ TV! documentary (ESCONDIDO STORIES) is FREE and open to the general public.

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