JOURNAL OF LATINOS AND EDUCATION
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1) Memories of a Penitent Heart. Memories of a Penitent Heart is a new highly acclaimed documentary by filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo that explores the buried family conflict around her uncle Miguel's death. Pulling from a family archive of home movies, pictures, and letters, this timely film tells the story of her uncle, and how families treat their LGBT members in a Latin American cultural and religious context during the AIDS crisis of the 1980's and 1990's. Watch trailer here: gooddocs.net/memories-of-a-penitent-heart.
2) Assault on Mexican American Collective Memory, 2010–2015: Swimming with Sharks, by Rodolfo F. Acuña Professor Emeritus (author), Lexington Books, ©2017.
3) Mi Padre: Mexican Immigrant Fathers and Their Children's Education (paperback), Sarah Gallo (author), Teachers College Press, ©2017.
4) Neva: a play (bilingual Edition - paperback), by Guillermo Calderón (author), Andrea Thome (translator), Theatre Communications Group, ©2016.
5) Justice and Space Matter in a Strong, Unified Latino Community (Series: Critical Studies of Latinos/as in the Americas), Kathy Bussert-Webb, Maria E. Diaz and Krystal Yanez (authors), Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers, ©2017.
6) Teaching for Equity in Complex Times: Negotiating National Standards in a High-Performing Bilingual School (Multicultural Education) (Multicultural Education Series), by Jamy Stillman & Lauren Anderson (authors), with John Luciano Beltramo, Kathryn Struthers & Joyce Gomez-Najarro, Teachers College Press, ©2017.
7) LUPE UNDER THE SUN. A fictional portrait with real migrant laborers as actors that delves into the psychological effects of the loneliness and poverty undocumented workers frequently experience. Filmed in a classic neorealist style, award-winning director and current Guggenheim Fellow Rodrigo Reyes’s deeply moving debut fiction feature, inspired by the life of his own grandfather, is at once an intimately drawn meditation on life’s missed chances and a tale of the universal struggles of immigrants. 78 mins., 2016. Watch a trailer here: http://www.gooddocs.net/lupe.
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