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- Three commentary tracks: by director Edward James Olmos, by executive producer Moctesuma Esparza, and by writers Ernie Contreras, Marcus De Leon and Timothy J. Sexton
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This HBO film, which is 2006's answer to "Iron Jawed Angels", fleshes out the characters involved, many of whom take part in the reenactment of their story.
It is early 1968 in East Los Angeles, California. Young Paula Crisostomo (a beauteous, effervescent, and charismatic Alexa Vega) and honor student at the predominantly Chicano Abraham Lincoln High School, observes the indignities imposed upon her fellow students by condescending White school authorities. Students are denied access to the school restrooms at certain times of the school day, but are punished for going to the bathroom behind the bushes of the campus or on grilles in the pavement. They receive corporal punishment for speaking Spanish in class (which, in real life, included slapping by teachers, although this is not portrayed in the film), they receive no information about Chicano contributions to American Society in History Class, are denied recommendations for Universities, and when in detention, are forced to do janitorial duty. The White principals don't even care to learn how to pronounce students' names properly, and when students' petition for better treatment is met with apathy by the predominantly White School Board, Paula, who has joined a group of radical Chicanos whom she met at a student leadership conference, suggests that the inner city schools stage a walkout.Read more ›
Directed by Edward James Olmos this is a film shows the abuse toward Chicano students in the government schools in East. L.A.
in the late 1960s.
Michael Pena plays the role of Sal Castro the high school teacher who helped the students as they gathered together in order to
protest and stand up for their rights as human beings.
The reason for the Text in the Subject Heading of this Comment is because the actor Michael Pena who plays the part of Sal Castro in this film, also plays the part of Cesar Chavez in the new movie that just came on Cesar's birthday 3-31-14 which has
now become Cesar Chavez Day.
There was a funny line in the movie that makes me laugh even now when I think about it. Alexa Vega comes home from a meeting one evening and tells her dad that she is a Chicana. And her father tells her no she's not a Chicana because he was born in the Philippians, then he said that makes her a Chilipena.
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This was the first item I ordered with my new Amazon Prime account. I am super impressed! For a $1 credit toward specific purchases, I marked the no-rush shipping. Read morePublished 5 months ago by tarafarah7
Great product. Fast shipping. Will buy from this seller againPublished 6 months ago by Hector Ochoa
Excellent DVD version of this older HBO movie. I use this movie to expose my Spanish students to some of the past discrimination experienced by Latinos that history classes seem to... Read morePublished 6 months ago by ErieRE
Walkout is based on a huge part in history for our nativeS of western hemisphere so called chicanoS. Read morePublished 8 months ago by EseOso/droopdawg