‘Soy Nero,’ story of immigrant soldiers

“Green card soldiers,” immigrants who join the US military to get their permanent residence and who have fought in many wars, now have a movie about them. “Soy Nero” opens in theaters nationwide on Sept. 29. Directed by acclaimed director Rafi Pitts and starring Johnny Ortiz (“McFarland, USA”) as Nero, the dramatic film centers on a young Mexican immigrant enrolling in US Army to get his green card and, eventually, his citizenship....

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‘Chavela’ and more at OC Film Fiesta

Iconoclasts, legends, revolutionaries, romantics, bohemians and cultural heroes take center stage at the 8th OC Film Fiesta, Orange County’s cinematic celebration of diversity and multicultural heritage that returns to the heart of Santa Ana from Oct. 6 through 15. This year’s festival kicks off on Friday, Oct. 6 with the Orange County premiere screening of “Chavela,” the new documentary by directors Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi...

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Film ‘Gook’ delves into L.A. riots

Twenty-five years ago Los Angeles was hit by a major social disturbance with race at its core. This summer the City of Angels itself serves a the launching pad for the nationwide release of a movie about the 1992 L.A. Civil Unrest. “Gook,” an award winner at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, dares to delve into race relations, a hot and sensitive topic since the political rise of Donald Trump. But the film does it through...

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DACA under attack

Ten state attorney generals and a governor are asking the Trump administration to kill the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program that has benefitted nearly a million young immigrants known as “dreamers.” The officials threatened to challenge the program in federal court if the program isn’t phased out. Led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, the officials sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking him...

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Unity through photos at US-Mexico wall

While borders divide nations and peoples, Sandra García and Jessica Pons want to give the US-Mexico border a new purpose: promote unity. Their means: photography. The Los Angeles-based artist duo is behind “La Frontera Unites,” an upcoming, one-day-only exhibit with works from photographers on both sides of the border. The photos will literally be hung on the metal fence that exists between the Mexican city of Tijuana and American...

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