As we are celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, there is no better way to honor our Hispanidad than by watching Hispanic/Latino-themed films? I have seen these 2 films, and I think you will probably enjoy seen them too! – And one is free this time.
EAST SIDE SUSHI – Sushi con Chile Poblano*
Sadly, some people expect very little of immigrants, and of Hispanics/Latinos. As “East Side Sushi” tells, it was expected that Juana, daughter of Latino immigrants and a single mother living in East Oakland, remained washing dishes forever — in the back of a restaurant, without even considering what she really wanted to do with her life. But Juana wants knows that she wants to become Sushi Chef, and this fictional-documentary (I know, it is a contradiction, but this is life in the 21st century. We are all a little messed up.) takes you around and into her life, the challenges she has to overcome, and the wild turns her life takes. Directed by Oakland-native Anthony Lucero, this story is powerful and well told. It also shows aspects of the Japanese culture, and the human connections most of us develop regardless of cultural background. Keep your eye on a guy called Aki, would you? ;-).
East Side Sushi starts Friday, September 18, in the following theaters:
Grand Lake Theater, Oakland;
Camera 12, San Jose;
Kabuki, San Francisco;
Smith Rafael Film Center, San Rafael.
Also look for this film in Bakersfield, Salinas, Pico Rivera, Monterey Park, W. Hollywood, and San Diego.
*East Side Sushi will be going to Mexico and Latin America, and so I am (uninvited) proposing the Spanish-language title: Sushi con Chile Poblano! Yaaayyy!!
SIN VISA – Would you Do It?
No papers. Sans Papiers. Sin Papeles. The story of many people: living in another country without a visa. But when their skin is brown, it is more noticeable. Immigrants without authorization become third class citizens in that country to which they have arrived.
Directed by Bassam Kassab, SIN VISA tells the story of Marco, an undocumented young man who works to send money to his mother and siblings in Mexico.
His life seems to loop within a cycle of poverty, lack of opportunities, and mistreatment, often from people who hablan Español. As it can be common in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the gay population is large and powerful, a gay couple helps him out, developing an uncommon friendship.
Would Marco be able to stay? Would he ended up deported? If you want to know, here is a chance to watch this film for FREE in Napa this Saturday Sept. 19 at 7pm.
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Tickets are courtesy of Napa valley college. Please make sure to use the link above to reserve your free ticket to guarantee a seat. Or many tickets. The theatre holds seats for 400 people.
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