Collection Title: Cenzontles collection
Title: Estado de vergüenza version 2, (slideshow)
Alternate Title: State of shame
Date: 2010
Location: Recorded in 2010.
Photos by Bill Steen from 'The Canelo Project'.
Eugene Rodriguez, musician.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 00:02:14
Language: In Spanish with English subtitles.
Synopsis: Video with Spanish audio and English subtitles in which Eugene Rodriguez sings a corrido about the politics of migration in Arizona during the spring of 2010. The video features a slideshow of images of contemporary Arizona by Bill Steen. On April 23, 2010, Governor Jan Brewer signed 'Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act,' known as Arizona SB 1070. At the time of passage, SB 1070 became the harshest measure against ‘illegal’ immigration. The law requires police to determine the immigration status of anyone arrested or detained when there is ‘reasonable suspicion’ they do not have the required documentation to live and work in the U.S. The law, considered as an excuse for racial profiling, inspired protests and political coalitions among minority groups, and reignited the immigrant rights movement.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
Los Cenzontles
13108 San Pablo Ave
San Pablo, CA 94805
Phone(Business): +1-510-233-8015
Phone(Fax): +1-510-233-3230