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The Page to Screen: Stories of Hispanic Heritage and Culture program is made possible in part by a grant from Nevada Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent those of Nevada Humanities or the National Endowment of the Humanities.



Richard Wright – Black Boy
Film Series: A Dream Deferred
Saturday, January 31, 2 p.m.
West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd.


Free and open to the public.
For more information, call 702-229-4800

Emmy Award winner “Richard Wright - Black Boy” is the first documentary film on the life, work and legacy of Richard Wright. Born outside Natchez, Mississippi, in 1908, Wright overcame a childhood of poverty and oppression to become one of America's most influential writers. His first major works, “Native Son” and “Black Boy,” were runaway bestsellers that are still mainstays of high school and college literature and composition classes. According to critic Irving Howe, "The day ‘Native Son’ appeared, American culture was changed forever."

 


Keita: The Heritage Of The Griot
Film Series: A Dream Deferred
Saturday, February 7, 2 p.m.
West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd.


Free and open to the public.
For more information, call 702-229-4800

“Keita” creates a unique world where the West Africa of the 13th Century Sundjata Epic and the West Africa of today co-exist and interpenetrate. Director Dani Kouyatï’s frames his dramatization of the epic within the story of Mabo Keïta, contemporary boy from Burkina Faso, learning the history of his family. During the film, Mabo and his distant ancestor, Sundjata, engage in parallel quests to understand their destinies, to "know the meaning of their names." In so doing, Keita makes the case for an "Afrocentric" education, where African tradition, not imported Western curricula, is the necessary starting point for African development.

 


Strange Fruit
Film Series: A Dream Deferred
Saturday, February 14, 2 p.m.
West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd.


Free and open to the public.
For more information, call 702-229-4800

“Strange Fruit” is the first documentary exploring the history and legacy of the Billie Holiday classic. The song's evolution tells a dramatic story of America's radical past using one of the most influential protest songs ever written as its epicenter. The saga brings viewers face-to-face with the terror of lynching even as it spotlights the courage and heroism of those who fought for racial justice when to do so was to risk ostracism and livelihood if white, and death if black. It examines the history of lynching, and the interplay of race, labor and the left, and popular culture, as forces that would give rise to the Civil Rights Movement.

 


Page to Screen: Stories of Hispanic Heritage and Culture
The Mambo Kings - Rated R, Runtime: 105 min.
Thursday, February 19, 6:30 p.m.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., (702) 229-6383


Admission: Free and open to the public

The Mambo Kings tells the story of two brothers who flee from Havana, Cuba in the early 1950s, arrive in New York, and dream of making themselves famous musicians. Book discussion group begins Wednesday, February 4 at 6 p.m.

Starring Armand Assante, Antonio Banderas, Cathy Moriarty, Maruschka Detmers, Desi Arnaz Jr., and Celia Cruz
Directed by Arne Glimcher

 


Page to Screen: Stories of Hispanic Heritage and Culture
In the Time of Butterflies - Rated PG-13, Runtime: 95 min.
Thursday, March 12, 6:30 p.m.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., (702) 229-6383


Admission: Free and open to the public

Based on the book by Julia Alvarez, this fact-based drama tells the story of a woman who, along with her family, found the courage to defy a corrupt dictator -- and paid a fearful price for their actions. Book discussion group begins Wednesday, March 11 at 6 p.m.

Starring Salma Hayek, Marc Anthony, Edward James Olmos, Lumi Cavazos, Pilar Padilla, and Mia Maestro
Directed By Mariano Barroso

 


Page to Screen: Stories of Hispanic Heritage and Culture
The Milagro Beanfield War - Rated R, Runtime: 118
Thursday, May 21, 6:30 p.m.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., (702) 229-6383


Admission: Free and open to the public

Based on John Nichols' novel, the lovely "Milagro" tells the story of Joe Mondragon, a handyman who breaks an unjust law by irrigating his land with water earmarked for a major developer. Book discussion group begins Wednesday, May 6 at 6 p.m.

Starring Chick Vennera, Richard Bradford, Carlos Riquelme, Rubén Blades, Sônia Braga, and Julie Carmen.
Directed by Robert Redford

 

City of Las Vegas
Office of Cultural Affairs, 495 S. Main St., Las Vegas, NV 89101
Monday - Thursday 229-6511 / Friday - Saturday 229-6383