THIS WEEK ON LATINOPIA: REMEMBERING TOMORROW’S VETERANS ON VETERANS DAY, HECTOR TOBAR ON THE STORY BEHIND THE 33, BURUNDANGA BORICUA ON FESTIVAL DE LA PALABRA, EDUARDO DÍAZ ON THE AMERICAN DISABILITIES ACT, SERGIO HERNANDEZ ON DAY OF THE DEAD AFTERMATH, AND ANGELA’S PHOTO OF THE WEEK.
On November 11th, Americans will be remembering Veterans Day. With American soldiers still in Afghanistan and now returning to Iraq, Latinopia showcases Liz Colunga’s documentary They Are Still There. Produced in 2010 this poignant film is, sadly, still all too relevant today. Today’s deployed soldiers are tomorrow’s veterans. Our other video this week is an interview with author Hector Tobar who wrote the landmark book Deep, Down, Dark which is the basis for the new film The 33. The film, about the 33 miners trapped in a Chilean mine for six months, will be released on November 13th.
José Umpierrre returns with his Burundanga Boricua blog this week calling attention to the Festival de la Palabra which took place in San Juan, Puerto Rico last month. Eduardo Díaz returns with his Mirándolo Bien blog, this week he looks at the American Disabilities Act which impacts, among others, the deaf Latinos. Sergio Hernández takes a humorous look at the day after Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Angela Ortiz’s photo this week is “Magnolia Bloom.”