Actor Edward James Olmos joined the sold-out crowd in giving Precious Knowledge a standing ovation last Tuesday at the Los Angeles International Latino Film Festival. I joined Producer Eren McGinnis and two of the students profiled in the film onstage as we took questions from the audience about the extraordinary battle over the Ethnic Studies program in the Tucson public schools. It screens next at the HBO New York Intl. Latino Film Festival on Aug 17 & 18.
Sean Arce, director of the Mexican American Studies program at Tucson Unified School District, was on hand at the LA screening raising money to fight Arizona HB 2281, which banned the classes last year. For a glimpse into the editing process of the film, check my post here.