Collection Title: Cenzontles collection
Title: Best of me, braceros in portrait
Date: 2011
Maureen Gosling, editor ; archival photographs courtesy of the Bracero History Archive.
Los Cenzontles, musicians.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 00:02:59
Language: In English.
Synopsis: This video piece is an homage to Mexican temporary contract laborers who participated in the Mexican Farm Labor Program, informally known as the Bracero Program. It presents archival photos from the Bracero History Archive and the photographic series 'Braceros at 80' by Craig Sherod. Featuring music by Los Cenzontles with David Hidalgo & Taj Mahal from their American Horizon CD, accompanied by descriptions of the Bracero Program. Started in 1942 by the U.S. government, the Bracero Program used migrants to reduce labor shortage by World War II. In a 22 year period, the program granted entry to over 4 million Mexican men to work in the U.S.Los Cenzontles is a band, a nonprofit organization, a music academy, a community space for youth and families, and a hub for Latino artists. Since 1989 Los Cenzontles has produced original music, videos, and educational tools, playing a central role in the Mexican roots revival in the United States. Throughout more than 25 years of constant work, Los Cenzontles has shared its founder Eugene Rodriguez’ vision: that young people empowered as artists and teachers can build upon the past to create a better future. Los Cenzontles remains unique among nonprofits nationally in demonstrating the potential of Latino cultural programming and production to transform individuals and communities from within. Over the years, the academy has served immigrant children, third-generation Mexican Americans as well as children who are mixed and from various ethnic backgrounds. The band has recorded songs that capture the poetry of the indigenous Purépecha language and composed music aimed to inspire and rally the community toward empowerment and engagement and against contemporary injustices. Los Cenzontles has broadcast its journey via its documentary series, web-based video shorts, and ‘digital scrapbooks’ aimed at capturing the first person stories of resilience by Mexican American music- and culture-makers. These media productions combine music videos and interviews to highlight themes of inclusion, education, and social justice.
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Copyright Holder: Los Cenzontles
Contact: Los Cenzontles
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13108 San Pablo Ave
San Pablo, CA 94805
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