East LA Interchange documentary about Boyle Heights history premieres Sunday July 26 at Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles

by Tom Nguyen

It is often said that one cannot understand the present without knowing the past. East LA Interchange, a documentary by Betsy Kalin about Boyle Heights history, is premiering Sunday, July 26, during a very apt time when the community is responding to issues of gentrification, immigrant rights, violence and housing and economic challenges with community organizing and grass roots activism. The film reminds us community solidarity and political activism in the face of many challenges has always been a part of Boyle Heights history.

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G-Dog opens Docurama Film Festival on April 22 – 7 films in 7 weeks

Docurama Films has been presenting compelling documentaries since 1999 in a vast array of subjects, from arts, history, politics to social, ethnic and gender issues. On April 22, they present a national film festival that will feature 7 documentaries in 7 weeks, starting with G-Dog, about Father Greg Boyle, a white Jesuit priest who’s spent 25 years in East LA helping gang members turn a new path with counseling, job training, education and tattoo removal through his non profit organization Homeboy Industries. His motto is “Nothing Stops a Bullet like a Job”  and his vision of providing hope and real opportunity to escape the cycle of poverty and violence has become a global model for social reform. Continue Reading →