In an effort to shed light on critical social issues relevant to Californians, the Institute hosts documentaries for our local community. Screenings are typically accompanied by discussions with the filmmakers, researchers, politicians, and activists.
2017 Sascha Rice Screening of “California State of Mind” - Over 50 students participated in the screening along with Roosevelt High School teachers Mr. Alvarez and Mr. Castillo. A Q&A was held after the screening.
2016 Documentary Film Screening: “No Mas Bebes” - No Más Bebés tells the story of a little-known but landmark event in reproductive justice, when a small group of Mexican immigrant women sued county doctors, the state, and the U.S. government after they were sterilized while giving birth at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center during the late 1960s and early 1970s.
2015 Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and The Politics of Race - tells the little known story of Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley, the first African American mayor of a major American city without a black majority. His extraordinary multi-racial coalition redefined Los Angeles, transformed the national dialogue on race, and encouraged election of minority candidates nationwide, including our nation’s first black president. The film brings into sharp focus issues of police brutality in minority communities and the challenges of police reform. BRIDGING THE DIVIDE is the story of the pressures which face our cities, the paradox of race, and the complexities of coalitions in a changing America.”
2014 Documentary Film Screening: “Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle” - Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle, a documentary by Phillip Rodriguez, examines the life and mysterious death of pioneering journalist Ruben Salazar. At the heart of the story is Salazar’s transformation from a mainstream, establishment reporter to primary chronicler and supporter of the radical Chicano movement of the late 1960s.