October 10, 2011
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LOS ANGELES, October 10, 2011 — Hoy, Los Angeles Times Media Group's Spanish- language newspaper, today announces it will collaborate with the UCLA Downtown Labor Center and the UCLA Center for Mexican Studies to debut "La Bestia" (The Beast), a film which documents the harrowing risks faced by a group of Central American migrants determined to find a better life in America. Immediately following both screenings, to be held October 11th and 12th, Hoy and UCLA have arranged for Pedro Ultreras, "La Bestia" director, writer and producer, and Father Alejandro Solalinde Guerra, a Catholic priest and leading activist for the rights of Central American migrants in Mexico, to come to Southern California to participate in panel discussions focused on the issues the film raises.
"Hoy is very proud of its role as a culturally relevant media source serving the Latino community," says Reynaldo Mena, Hoy L.A. Editor. "Our mission to provide coverage of important matters and information that sparks connections and encourages involvement is exemplified by our working with UCLA to bring Pedro Ultreras, his film 'La Bestia' and Father Solalinde Guerra to L.A."
"The Center for Mexican Studies is extremely pleased to collaborate with Hoy and the UCLA Downtown Labor Center on these events," says Rubén Hernández-León, Sociology Professor and Director of the Center for Mexican Studies at UCLA. "The Center addresses challenges faced by Mexico and its neighbors, and 'La Bestia' is an important film because it documents a tragic reality that impacts Central America, Mexico and the U.S."
The documentary is in Spanish with English subtitles and will be shown in its entirety. Hoy Editor Reynaldo Mena will moderate the October 11th panel and participating in each discussion will be Ultreras, who has also received three Emmy® nominations as a Spanish-language news reporter, and Father Solalinde Guerra, who hails from Ixtepec, Mexico, among others.
Tuesday, October 11
Location: UCLA Downtown Labor Center
675 S. Park View Street, Los Angeles 90057 (overlooking MacArthur Park) 5:30 p.m. Arrivals and Press interviews 6:00 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks 6:15 p.m. 'La Bestia' 7:45 p.m. Hoy Editor Reynaldo Mena will moderate a discussion with Ultreras and Father Solalinde Guerra, Dr. Gaspar Rivera-Salgado, Project Director, UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education, and Angela Sanbrano, Board President, National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities RSVP: Community RSVP Line: 213-237-4378 / Press RSVP Line: 213-237-5058
Location: UCLA Ackerman Union, Second Floor Lounge, Room 2414 308 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles 90024 1:00 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks 1:15 p.m. 'La Bestia' 2:45 p.m. Director of the UCLA Center for Mexican Studies Rubén Hernández- León will moderate a discussion with Ultreras, Father Solalinde Guerra and Leisy Abrego, Assistant Professor, UCLA César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies No RSVP required.
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