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I have watched this film twice and each time I took something different away from it. It's an important film about segregation in public education, Texas, Mexican-Americans, and United States history. For educators, an informative and engaging film that teaches about educational disparities and inequality for Mexican-American students in Texas. Something that stands out is that the story is told through the voices of those directly impacted by desegregation case Hernandez et al. v. Driscoll Consolidated Independent School District (1956). I found smilarities to the educational system today and also realized that these pivotal cases were not that long ago.
I would consider myself somewhat of a movie fanatic. I particularly love documentaries as they take a snapshot of time in history to capture the essence of someone's life. This documentary definitely doesn't disappoint. This work takes a poignant look at the baneful effects of keeping Mexican Americans from understanding, expressing, and sharing their culture. There were time I found myself saddened by the narratives of "What if" which seemed to dominate the movie. Every person has a culture and an identity. To hear the pain and intergenerational malaise of a stripped identity, will certainly leave a lasting impression on you. Suggestion: Go in with an open mind, leave with a heart of a Mission!
This film is needed and can be insightful to why some families do not speak Spanish from an education system that physically and mentally abuse students to not speak Spanish. I too come from parents that were told Spanish is not accepted and from that, I do not speak Spanish due to them telling me to learn English and that is it. This is a story that needs to be shared and not forgotten.
This video tells a deeply personal family story and places it in an important historical context. It is an important reminder of a darker time in our nation's history but it also reflects the human strength and perseverance that endured.
This is such an important documentary! It brought back memories of when we would be punished for speaking in Spanish at school. My niece, Dr. Laura Muñoz, is interviewed and discusses how many parents did not teach their children to speak Spanish due to the problems in school. I am so glad that the lawsuit was successful! However, some of these problems still exist, esp. with Trump advocating discrimination.