Film

Laura Varela

When: Wed., Sept. 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 2017

Latinx Heritage Month continues at Trinity University with a film screening and panel discussion with documentarian Laura Varela. The San Antonio-based filmmaker will screen her doc As Long as I Remember: American Veteranos, which reflects on the stories of three Chicano vets who fought in the Vietnam War. In 2011, the Current likened the film to “listening to your own grandfather’s eye-opening war stories of heroism and heartbreak.” Along with Veteranos, Varela will preview her newest project, Raul Salinas: Poetry of Liberation, a film-in-progress on the late Chicano poet and activist. There will also be a panel discussion with Varela on her experience growing up on the border in El Paso and how it shaped her consciousness and how she believes art can heal and transform personal and collective traumas. “Our warriors have always been the first to be sacrificed in America’s wars,” Varela told the Current. “I want people to walk away with a confidence that our stories are being told. I want to make clear that our soldiers, writers and artists have their deserving place in the American fabric, and that Mexican American history is American history.”

Price: Free