Escucha: Las 4 de San Antonio que buscan ser exoneradas y recuperar su vida.

southwest_of_salem(Cinema) – En 1994 cuatro latinas fueron sentenciadas con 15 a 37 años de prisión por horrendos actos, y el que fueran abiertamente lesbianas pudo haber afectado la sentencia, en un sistema judicial Texano presumiblemente homofóbico.

Kristie Mayhugh, Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassandra Rivera y Anna Vasquez cuentan su odisea, mientras que la directora Deborah Esquenazi, y la productora Sam Tabet, han ensamblado una serie de elementos, personas, y hechos que hacen de esta una historia extremadamente bien contada.

Este documental te puede hacer llorar al mostrarte a cuatro mujeres valientes que supieron vivir tras las rejas a pesar de ser inocentes; te dice lo que ellas ahora buscan, después de lograr salir de cárcel, con estatus “a medias.”

 

En el siguiente audio, una mini-cápsula de cine, te doy la primicia. Hazle clic y escucha:

 

Puedes ver el filme esta noche en el Norte de California, hoy Jueves 23 de Junio a las  7:00 PM en Landmark Theatres Piedmont. Y muy pronto en otros lugares. Hay que estar pendientes porque éste es un documental para sentirlo y actuar.

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Nota de la editora:  Pude ver la premiere de este documental en San Francisco, como parte de los eventos de Frameline40, uno de los más importantes festivales de cine LGBT del mundo. Cientos de los asistentes en el Teatro Castro lloraron al verlo, y ovacionaron a las protagonistas, productora y directora, al final de la película, incluyendo a la que escribe que salió del cine todavía sintiendo el cuero de gallina.

#freethesa4  #southwestofsalem #Las4desanantonio #Frameline40

Contenido: Lupita Peimbert. Gracias a Frameline40 por las fotos.

 

Memorial Day. Their friends…never forgotten.

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By Lupita Peimbert

(US Holidays) A widow who shared a memory of the moment she was told her husband had died, a master of ceremonies whose sons are active in the military, political leaders who spoke fondly of veterans, the daughters of a highly honored veteran who lost an eye, an arm and a leg for our country, and dozens of veterans themselves and their families gathered in Cypress Park, Los Angeles, California.

Simple yet well organized, this was one of the most beautiful Memorial Days ceremonies in the country, and it happened in Los Angeles, a city and county that has given 100,000+ soldiers to the US armed forces.

Here is a snapshot of the event that took place on Saturday, May 28, 2016:

 

Of love and men: VIVA.

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Content by Lupita Peimbert.

(Cinema) – Look at it simply, and it appears like a drag queen’s story. Look at it a little more deeply, and you’ll see a story about love as it affects men, their dreams and conventions. Director Paddy Breathnach brings to life a set of powerful, emotional, and very real situations happening in a city where everybody seems unafraid to be who they are, right or wrong. At least they talk about whatever they are feeling instead of hiding it. And most of them are men, telling the hopes and sorrows of human beings. Forget that some of them are guys and some of them are machos.

Of all places, this film is set in Havana, Cuba, but it could happen anywhere else.

A young man wants to sing and perform at a drag queen but his father, who was never there for him, all of a sudden wants to play the protector. But the father was actually protecting his old, macho, and obsolete ideas about what manhood is about, and so about what it is to be gay or drag queen or whatever.

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The cast is magnificent. The characters are complex, real, and passionate. Hector Medina, who plays the main role is outstanding, and so it is Jorge Perugorria the father, and Luis Alberto Garcia the cabaret-owner, and the others. VIVA is a must see, as it honors the feelings that men rarely display, and it shows that at the end, anybody can dream anything, but only those who fight for their dreams get to see them come thru.

Unequivocally, this film presents some realities long heard about, from an island who may be on the verge of changing.

VIVA opens Friday, May 6, in San Francisco’s Landmark Embarcadero. In Spanish with English subtitles. Added value: The songs in Spanish, intense, passionate, a la Rosita Fornes, a la Massiel, and a la other singers seemingly from epochs far away.


“El amor te hipnotiza, te hace soñar, y sueñas y cedes y te dejas llevar,

y te mueve por dentro y te hace ser más,
y te empuja y te puede y te lleva detrás …

Y de pronto te alza, te lanza, te quema,

hace luz en tu alma, hace fuego en tus venas,

y te hace gritar al sentir que te quemas,

te disuelve, te evapora, te destruye, te crea …”

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