"[A] 'must-see' for any serious student of immigration, plantation life, and the nature of historical storytelling."
Prof. John P. Rosa, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Have a family member who's an immigrant? This one hour documentary tells the story of how thousands of people immigrated from Spain to Hawaii and then California. Its star, 98-year old Francisco Pérez, is full of stories and watching the video is, as one person put it, "like hearing my grandfather speak again." (Cathy Continente, daughter of Spanish immigrants)
With shots of Spain, Hawaii and California; with a story supplemented by photos and other people from the Spanish immigrant community; hearing about dealing with the language barrier and the customs of the New World ... this is a story for the 98% of us who are descended from people who braved the odds to make a new life in a new country.......
...[provides] an enriched sense of why public art matters. Paul N. Straghalis (Adult Library Asst., Albany Public Library, Albany, CA, USA)
...presents the artist as a vital and contributing member of society....inspiring...." Pam Fingado (former gallery owner, co-founder of civic Arts & Culture commission)(CA, USA)
This 50-minute documentary looks at San Francisco Bay Area artist/muralist Hershell West to discover his art and the ways in which artists contribute to society. Adding special interest is the fact that West, a black man, was born and raised in the segregated rural South, giving him special challenges.
West has worked primarily in Florida and California, where he has been a muralist, painter, arts promoter and art teacher. In both states he has painted commissioned work. In his teaching, he has specialized in teaching at-risk youth. In addition, in California he has worked as chief assistant to well-known muralist John Wehrle. West has also served on several arts commissions, chaired the board of directors of organizations such as the Richmond Art Center and ProArts of Oakland, and helped found an annual exhibit called TAOLB (The Art of Living Black).AVAILABLE JUNE 15 2019 AS DOWNLOAD, RENT/STREAM, AND ON DVD; delay due to festival requirements
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