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Free Film Screening: Yo Soy Boricua, Pa'Que Tu Lo Sepas

Raices Latin Dance presents 2 film screenings in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month!
Come learn about Hispanic history, music, dance, art & culture in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Take a look below at the two documentaries that will be shown at the Worcester PopUp. The event is free and open to the public.

-1pm showing: La Epoca: The Palladium Years

Film description: Run time: 60 min
"La Epoca - The Palladium Era" (2013) is an outstanding feature-length documentary-film which focuses on Latin music, rhythms, dance and the musicianship during the hey-day of the Palladium Ballroom in New York City from 1945-1966 when Mambo was at its peak! This is the era just before all Latin music was minimized to a single term "Salsa." Impassioned musicians and dancers from the 50's and 60's and respected instructors of today give fantastic interviews. The film also features an outstanding soundtrack - and much more! 

-2:30pm showing:Yo Soy Boricua, Pa'Que Tu Lo Sepas! (I'm Puerto Rican, Just So You Know!)

Film description: Run time 86min
Yo Soy Boricua, Pa'Que Tu Lo Sepas! (I'm Puerto Rican, Just So You Know!), is a documentary film co-directed by Liz Garbus and Rosie Perez, in which Perez explores Puerto Rican culture and history, from New York City's Puerto Rican Day Parade to a broader examination of Puerto Rico's past.. 
Starting with the focal point of New York City's famed Puerto Rican Day Parade, Perez examines her culture, both from a deeply personal perspective, interviewing her sister and cousin about their sense of pride in their background and exploring the journey of her own family from the island to New York City, and from a broader perspective, looking at the island's rich, neglected history. The film explains how Spanish conquistadors nearly wiped out the island's indigenous population, and made Spanish the official language and Catholicism the official religion. The U.S. eventually took over the island during the Spanish-American War, making it a commonwealth, in which residents pay taxes and can serve in the military, but can't vote in national elections. The U.S. prized the island for its sugar plantations and its strategic proximity to the Panama Canal, but a vast percentage of its residents live in poverty to this day. The documentary takes an honest look at how residents of the island were used as guinea pigs by pharmaceutical companies, at how the U.S. government utilized forced sterilization in an effort to control the island's population, and at the bloody struggle for independence led by Pedro Albiza Campos. Operation Bootstrap, a government program to move islanders to the mainland, is also explored. Perez also celebrates the Puerto Rican poets, artists, and musicians that have impacted American culture, along with the island's unique influence on our language. The film had its New York premiere at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival.

Hosted by Raices Latin Dance

-Light Refreshments will be served.

“The Worcester PopUp is a creative co-working space of the Worcester Cultural Coalition in partnership with The Barr Foundation. This event is not sponsored by, nor does it necessarily reflect the views of the Worcester Cultural Coalition.”


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