Three Short Films and a Conversation with filmmaker Luis Valenzuela
Wednesday, May 30 at 7 pm
Mess Hall, 6932 N. Glenwood Ave, Chicago
(at the Morse stop of the red line, Rogers Park)
Meeting Face to Face: The Iraq-U.S. Labor Solidarity Tour
directed by Jonathan Levin, produced by Michael Zweig
This 27-minute documentary breaks through the media walls that keep Iraqi and labor voices out of the debate about the war in the United States. Meeting Face to Face brings the voices of Iraqi working people directly into the conversation as we consider the war and continuing occupation and what the next steps should be.
We also see American working people bringing new energy and commitment to the movement for peace, social justice, and a humane foreign policy. Produced by the Center for the Study of Working Class Life at SUNY.
Two films by Luis Valenzuela:
Follows the conflicted experience of a Latino U.S. soldier in an unnamed Latin American country. Violent and angry, the film does not mince words or images.
Catalogs the conversations between a regular bar patron and the bartenders at the many Chicago bars he frequents. Talk turns from personal to political, all over the patron’s favorite anesthetic.
Conversation with filmmaker Luis Valenzuela after the films
Luis Valenzuela has directed and produced four short films. Two of his films have been screened in the Chicago Latino Film Festival. Luis has worked on documentary films in Brazil on the struggles of land takeovers, and many projects on education in Chicago. In 1993 he presented a video “The Voice of the Dispossessed” for the Parliament of World Religions. He currently resides in the northwest neighborhood of Hermosa in Chicago with his wife Lourdes.