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LOS ANGELES, October 10, 2011 — Hoy, Los AngelesTimes Media Group's Spanish- language newspaper, todayannounces it will collaborate with the UCLA Downtown Labor Center and the UCLA Center for Mexican Studies to debut "LaBestia" (The Beast), a film which documents the harrowing risksfaced by a group of Central American migrants determined to find abetter life in America. Immediately following both screenings, tobe held October 11th and 12th, Hoy and UCLA have arranged for PedroUltreras, "La Bestia" director, writer and producer, and FatherAlejandro Solalinde Guerra, a Catholic priest and leading activistfor the rights of Central American migrants in Mexico, to come toSouthern California to participate in panel discussions focused onthe issues the film raises.
"Hoy is very proud of its role as a culturally relevant mediasource serving the Latino community," says Reynaldo Mena, Hoy L.A.Editor. "Our mission to provide coverage of important matters andinformation that sparks connections and encourages involvement isexemplified by our working with UCLA to bring Pedro Ultreras, hisfilm 'La Bestia' and Father Solalinde Guerra to L.A."
"The Center for Mexican Studies is extremely pleased to collaboratewith Hoy and the UCLA Downtown Labor Center on these events," saysRubén Hernández-León, Sociology Professor andDirector of the Center for Mexican Studies at UCLA. "The Centeraddresses challenges faced by Mexico and its neighbors, and 'LaBestia' is an important film because it documents a tragic realitythat impacts Central America, Mexico and the U.S."
The documentary is in Spanish with English subtitles and will beshown in its entirety. Hoy Editor Reynaldo Mena will moderate theOctober 11th panel and participating in each discussion will beUltreras, who has also received three Emmy® nominations as aSpanish-language news reporter, and Father Solalinde Guerra, whohails 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 interviews6:00 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks6:15 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 CommunitiesRSVP: Community RSVP Line: 213-237-4378 / Press RSVP Line: 213-237-5058
Wednesday, October 12
Location: UCLA Ackerman Union, Second Floor Lounge, Room 2414 308 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles 900241:00 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks1:15 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 StudiesNo RSVP required.
Hoy is aleading Spanish-language newspaper with a weekly edition in LosAngeles, a daily edition in Chicago and weekend Hoy Fin de Semanaeditions in both cities. Combined, Hoy has a gross weekly printdistribution of more than 1.6 million copies. Hoy's editorialmission is to provide Latinos with engaging news and informationthat supports community involvement and connection toSpanish-language cultures. Hoy Los Angeles is published by the
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