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"On August 29, 1970, a "Chicano Moratorium" against the war in Vietnam was held in East L.A. Loyola-Marymount film student Tom Myrdahl shot this documentary, capturing the events that unfolded as law enforcement and protesters clashed in and around Laguna Park. This film has not been seen in nearly 40 years. Tom, who is still a working cameraman in Los Angeles, is putting this historic film on the web as a tribute to the brave citizens of East L.A. who came together 40 years ago to voice their dissent against the Vietnam War."

“In East Los Angeles during the late 1960s and 1970s, a group of young activists used creative tools like writing and photography as a means for community organizing, providing a platform for the Chicano Movement in the form of the bilingual newspaper/magazine La Raza. In the process, the young activists became artists themselves and articulated a visual language that shed light on the daily life, concerns, and struggles of the Mexican-American experience in Southern California and provided a voice to the Chicano Rights Movement” (KCET.Org).

Directed by David Garcia and produced by Moctesuma Esparza, 1970. ©All rights reserved. Access to this film is being given for educational purposes only.


This film examines the life and mysterious death of pioneering journalist Ruben Salazar. At the heart of the story is Salazar's transformation from a mainstream, middle-of-the-road reporter to a supporter and primary chronicler of the radical Chicano movement of the late 1960s. (Directed by Phillip Rodriguez, 2014. Available on Kanopy thru the Los Angeles Public Library)

This genre-defying film introduces the radical Chicano lawyer, author and counter-cultural icon, Oscar Zeta Acosta. Acosta was the basis for Dr. Gonzo in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," written by his friend, the Hunter S. Thompson.

Channeling the psychedelic 60's and the irreverence of "Gonzo" journalism, THE RISE AND FALL OF THE BROWN BUFFALO shows Acosta's evolution playing out against the backdrop of a society in turmoil. From his origins in rural California to his stint as a Baptist missionary in Panama to his radicalization in the Chicano movement of the late '60s, and finally, to his mysterious disappearance off the coast of Mexico in 1974, the film offers a complex vision of a Chicano icon who was emblematic of a generation, and yet totally unique in so many ways. Executive Produced by Benicio Del Toro. (Directed by Phillip Rodriguez, 2018. Available on Kanopy thru the Los Angeles Public Library)

This four-part landmark documentary series now a classic for Mexican American history of the U.S., chronicles the struggle for equality and social justice of the Mexican American community in the United States from 1965 to 1975. Produced from Austin Texas by Galan Productions, Inc. It features the Chicano land struggle, Cesar Chavez and the UFW, the Los Angeles High School Walk-outs and the creation of the political party La Raza Unida. (Directed by Hector Galan, 1995. Available on Kanopy thru the Los Angeles Public Library)


Both records were made in response to the tragic death of the award-winning journalist Ruben Salazar. He died under questionable circumstances while covering the events at the Chicano Moratorium protest march on August 29, 1970.

Lalo Guerrero (December 24, 1916 - March 17, 2005) was a Mexican American guitarist, singer, and farm labor activist, best known for his strong influence on later Chicano-Latino musical artists, earning him the title father of Chicano music. - Wikipedia

Strachwitz Frontera Collection Artist Biography: Rumel Fuentes - Corridos, Chicano Politics, and the Birth of the Frontera Collection

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