Film Screening: Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle

February 18, 2014

1782183_706831476005077_400115468_nOn Monday, March 10, the Departments of Journalism and Film, the California Faculty Association, the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Education, and the California-Mexico Studies Center  will host a film screening of Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Ethnic Studies programs at CSULB. Man in the Middle examines the life and death of pioneering journalist Ruben Salazar, who was killed under mysterious circumstances by a law enforcement officer on August 29, 1970 in the aftermath of the National Chicano Moratorium protest march against the Vietnam war in East Los Angeles. At the heart of the story is Salazar’s transformation from a mainstream, establishment reporter to the primary chronicler and supporter of the radical Chicano movement.

This advance screening of Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle will feature a talk by Phil Montez, a key figure in the film and a very close friend of Ruben Salazar. Phil Montez was the director of the Western Regional Office for the U.S. Commission for Civil Rights at the time of Ruben’s killing, and taught one of the first two Mexican American Studies classes at CSULB, 45 years ago in the spring semester of 1969.

This event will be co-sponsored by: the CSULB Latino Alumni Association; the Departments of Chicano/Latino Studies, Africana Studies, American Indian Studies, Asian American Studies, and Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures; the Center for Community Engagement; the Hermandad Mexicana Humanitarian Foundation; the Mexican Cutural Institute of L.A.;; and Los Amigos de Orange County.

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Ruben Salazar: Man In The Middle will also premiere on PBS Tuesday, April 29 @ 6 p.m. PST