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Paula Crisostomo (as Alexa Vega)
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Sal Castro
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Panfilo Crisostomo
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Bobby Verdugo
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Principal Ingles (as Holmes Osbourne)
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Mr. Peck
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Vickie Castro
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Moctesuma Esparza
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Yoli Rios (as Veronica A. Diaz)
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Robert Avila
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Fernie Flores
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Carlos Montes
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David Sanchez
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Based on a true story, student activist and Mexican-American Paula Crisostomo (Vega), tired of being treated unequally, decides to take action and stage a walkout at five East Los Angeles high schools in 1968, to protest educational conditions and complain of anti-Mexican educational bias along with some 10,000 students. Paula Crisostomo (now Romo) is not Mexican- American--she is Filipina-American. She and her husband, then boyfriend were roommates of mine in college. We are very good friends and I see her often. Written by Norma Schaffer

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Csakazértis csikánó!  »

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Producer Moctesuma Esparza was actually one of the persons arrested in the real life walkout of 1968. See more »

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During the organization of the walkout, CSU Northridge is mentioned. In 1968 CSUN was still known as San Fernando Valley State College; it adopted its current name in 1972. See more »

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Paula Crisostomo: Hey, how'd it go?
Bobby Verdugo: This is what they told me: " You have a big future ahead of you."
Paula Crisostomo: That's good!
Bobby Verdugo: In the art world.
Yoli Rios: Yeah, industrial arts.
Bobby Verdugo: Yeah, nice way to say car mechanic.
Yoli Rios: He told me secretary. There's no nice way to say that.
Paula Crisostomo: Well, didn't he offer junior college?
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I strongly recommend watching this film with your kids.
22 March 2006 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

I was totally unaware of all that had happened with the Chicano movement. I was shocked to find out that Universities kept Chicanos out. Sometimes you take things for granted and think that is the way it has always been. As a Chicana, it made me realize all the sacrifices that have been made on my behalf. For this reason, I think as Chicanos we should strive to be successful and go to college. We should also instill in our children a sense of pride in being Chicano. I think that even today there are Hispanics that are ashamed of their culture and raise their kids not knowing how to speak Spanish when their last name is Martinez. The Hispanic population in the U.S. has grown dramatically and for this reason more than ever we need to have a sense of identity about who we are and be proud of it. I really liked this movie and encourage Latino families to sit down and watch it with their kids.


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