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 ... See full summary »

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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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In the scene where Robert drops off Paula at her home, Al is wearing a yellow shirt. In the next scene, inside the house, Al's shirt is blue. See more »

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Sal Castro: It's a beautiful day to be a Chicano!
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powerful call to action
18 March 2006 | by (British Columbia) – See all my reviews

As I write this, students in France are opposing a terrible government initiative to rob them of their equal rights to employment. In my current elderly comfort, I occasionally forget that government and officials of all stripes can easily fall into the role of oppressor. The Chicano of East L.A. in the late sixties woke up from their sad lethargy. This film portrays the reason and the calm that they displayed in recognizing the unfairness of the masters of education, the evil abuse of authority by the police, the beaten down acceptance by some in the older generation.

This film will serve as an example of the level of civic responsibility that we are sometimes called on to display. Bravo.


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