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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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Principal Ingles' name is merely the Spanish word for English. 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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Moctesuma Esparza: Boycott the schools?
Paula Crisostomo: Yes!
Harry Gamboa: That's not a good idea!
Moctesuma Esparza: Oh it isn't?
Harry Gamboa: No! You wanna know why? Because they don't give a *shit* if these kids go to school or not!
Moctesuma Esparza: Actually, they do! ADA - Average Daily Attendance!
Paula Crisostomo: They don't get paid if we don't go to school!
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This is a great movie for several reasons.....
18 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First of all, this is the first movie ever about the Chicano civil rights movement. And as many Latinos know, the Chicano civil rights movement created some better opportunity for our people.

The cast is almost entirely Chicano, which is amazing within itself, seeing that Latinos only make up 2% of Hollywood. It gives us a chance to play Characters, and not only the "Brown person".

A piece of history is being told, which has been totally written out of History by the mainstream media & educational institutions. All of the police beating scenes in this movie were re-creations of archived material from TV Stations, which were not allowed to broadcast in 1968.

The protagonist is a young woman who is half Filipina & Mexicana. This is great because revolutionary leaders are usually only seen as tough men. This also shows that oppression crosses all color lines, the issues come down to a class struggle, and this can be a catapult for different ethnicities working together on common issues.

I feel that we should embrace this movie, and create others also, with stories of our peoples struggle. There are several movies about the Jewish struggle, the African American movement for equal rights, women's rights, but this is so far, the only one speaking of the Chicano civil rights struggle.


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