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Chicano Moratorium 50th Anniversary (1970-2020)


August 24, 2020 • 4:00 pm PDT

On August 29, 1970 in East Los Angeles, a peaceful march of over 20,000 Chicanas/os, united in protest against the Vietnam War as part of the National Chicano Moratorium movement, was violently interrupted by an extreme, unjustifiable response by law enforcement. The tragic events of that day left four dead, including prominent Mexican American journalist Ruben Salazar (killed under suspicious circumstances by a Los Angeles Sheriff Deputy’s tear gas projectile).

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the historic march, UCLA Film & Television Archive, in partnership with the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, presents a chronological selection of short works examining pivotal moments of activism in East Los Angeles—from the student walkouts for equal educational opportunities of 1968 to the Chicano Moratorium of 1970. Further contextualized by the words of Ruben Salazar, via excerpts of interviews taped the year he was murdered, the program hopes to illuminate this crucial period of the Chicano Civil Rights Movement and the bravery and sacrifice of a unified community that dared to pursue social justice in the face of institutional neglect and police violence.

Hosted by Chon Noriega, director, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center and author of Shot in America: Television, the State, and the Rise of Chicano Cinema. Noriega will moderate a post-screening discussion with artist, writer and educator Harry Gamboa Jr. and Los Angeles Times staff writer Carolina Miranda. Program curated and notes written by Mark Quigley, John H. Mitchell Television Archivist.